McCain Tries to Get Right With the Right

Candidate seeks a truce with radio critics, faces key test today
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2008 11:14 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,walks down a hallway in his home lined with photographs and news clippings of his career in Phoenix, Ariz., Tuesday evening, Feb. 5, 2008. McCain,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – John McCain is finally trying to assuage conservatives in the wake of his Super Tuesday triumphs, reaching out to radio hosts and other vocal critics, and readying to roll out new endorsements. Surrogates have begun working Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity; others are getting a two-phase courtship—a call from a conservative McCain ally followed by an approach from the candidate himself.

As McCain works the phone, Politico reports, Republican bigwigs like Bob Dole, Bill Frist, and George Allen prepare to endorse the man the right refuses to love. The Arizona senator faces a big test today when he addresses major conservative group CPAC: He’ll stress shared positions on foreign policy, taxes, and judges—and hope right-wingers listen.