GOP: 'To-Do List' v. 'Warrior'

Today's Romney-McCain showdown broken down in simple terms
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2008 12:47 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds his granddaughter Chloe Romney, 7, as he shakes hands with supporters during a campaign stop in Bedford, N.H., Monday, Jan....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The top contenders in today’s GOP primary are fundamentally different, and the contest's deep themes—John McCain as warrior, Mitt Romney as technocrat—were prominent in the closing arguments, Byron York writes in the National Review. Romney appeared with a 15-section to-do list as McCain vowed to follow Osama bin Laden “to the gates of hell.”

Both campaigns may sink or swim on today’s results, York contends. Romney acknowledges half of that—he said a loss “would probably end Senator McCain’s campaign”—but maintains his is a 50-state strategy, the Boston Globe reports. And the Chicago Tribune says Romney’s laying the groundwork for a loss.