McCain Exodus Continues

Latest departures include remainder of national press team, key aides in Iowa, SC
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2007 7:46 AM CDT
Republican Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain gestures while talking about global warming during a town hall meeting hosted by the Churchill Club in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, July 16, 2007. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The McCain campaign continued to bleed staff yesterday, losing its communications director and two deputies, plus press secretaries in Iowa and South Carolina. Many of the newest ex-staffers are loyal to two strategists who left last week. The senator told the LA Times his campaign would rebound and its problems were due to running a "too large" operation.

"I can out-campaign anyone," McCain said at a Silicon Valley appearance, but the impression that his campaign is on its last legs wasn't helped by the revelation that the operation has $3.2 million in the bank and owes $1.8 million. Nevertheless, his bluster continues unabated. "I'm very comfortable with where we are and how we're doing," he said. (Read more John McCain stories.)