McCain Camp Shifts Into Comeback Mode

'We’ve got them just where we want them,' speech reads
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2008 12:06 PM CDT
John McCain pauses as he leaves his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va. Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – Trailing badly in the polls, John McCain plans to reboot his campaign today, Politico reports, with a speech depicting himself as a scrappy fighter on the comeback trail. “The national media has written us off,” reads an excerpt. “Sen. Obama is measuring the drapes. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.”

McCain aides call the speech the equivalent of “hitting the ‘reset’ button.” After a long strategy session yesterday, the campaign has decided to abandon the angry tone that has been the hallmark of his recent rallies, in favor of a candid, feisty, and humorous one. It also references Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and warns the public against single-party dominance.