Chasing Comeback, McCain Races Through 7 States

15,000 attend 1 am rally in Miami
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 3, 2008 11:58 PM CST
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., greets supporters at a midnight rally at Tropical Park Stadium in Miami, Monday, Nov. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – John McCain spent yesterday on a whirlwind tour, hitting seven states with eight rallies as he looked to make a last-minute comeback, the Washington Post reports. “I am an American, and I choose to fight,” he told crowds from Florida to Arizona, starting with a 1am rally in Miami that brought out 15,000 people. “He knows he's coming from behind. He's fighting to the end,” said an aide.

McCain and his Straight Talk Air visited Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Mexico, and Nevada, before finishing the day in Arizona. In “speed rallies” at airports, the GOP candidate slammed Barack Obama’s tax policies, saying they “would kill jobs, make a bad economy worse.” As for Obama, “we've got a good shot of catching the guy at the end,” said an adviser.