MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, rallied his supporters after Tuesday night's debate in the state he beat George Bush seven years ago, and told them it will be another hard primary fight this election cycle.
He told supporters gathered at Jillian's Restaurant in Manchester "something about this state inspires me," and thanked supporters who were with him in 2000.
But he cautioned "it's a long time between now and next January.".
McCain added that his campaign has "the wind at our back."
But he said they'd have to repeat their strategy in 2000, "convincing Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, vegatarians that I'm qualified to be president."
- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk