McCain said he doesn't like the accelerated primary calendar.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful John McCain is no fan of the accelerated primary schedule, which now has as many as two dozen states voting on or before February 5, 2008.
The Arizona senator called the new calendar "bizarre" at a campaign stop in Florida on Tuesday. He said, "In principle, this process should be drawn out a lot longer so people have a better chance to examine the candidates."
"There is no way of coming back now if it's all the first week in February or even the last week in January," he added.
Florida became the latest state to move up its primary when Gov. Charlie Christ signed a bill in May that changed the date to Jan. 29, the same day as South Carolina's primary. Florida faces sanctions from both the Democratic and Republican parties for selecting convention delegates prior to February 5.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney