McCain raised $6 million in the third quarter his campaign reported.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – After months of disappointing fundraising, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, raised a respectable $6 million during the third quarter fundraising period.
The amount is less than the $11.2 million McCain raised in the second quarter, but third quarter fundraising is typically lower, which occurs during the summer. McCain was forced to fire most of his staff and rework his entire campaign strategy after the second quarter in July when he was left with $2 million in the bank.
Now, after the nine months of trying to raise funds, McCain has $3.6 million in his war chest.
Campaign Manager Rick Davis said he is please with McCain's progress.
"We are thrilled that with so many Americans supporting John McCain, we're now on sound financial footing and running a robust campaign gaining clear momentum in the early states," Davis said. "Heading into the fall, we have the resources to communicate that John McCain is the only candidate with the experience, character and judgment to lead as commander in chief from day one."
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– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
John, John, he's our man...if he can't do it none can! McCain 08
Someone please help Granpa.
Impressive, that is only ONE million more than Ron Paul, and they say that McCain is still a front runner? Since money seems to dominate in politics these days, why dont we bump Dr. Paul up to the top tier, as his campaign contributions suggest we should do.
Hopefully this will make him stay in the race...and would dilute the pro-war vote even further
"After months of disappointing fundraising, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, raised a respectable $6 million during the third quarter fundraising period."
Why on earth did CNN feel a need to insert "respectable" to characterize McCain's fundraising? I think it's a pathetic haul. He was a front-runner, and this is all he can get? Even the horrible campaigner Fred Thompson got 3 million more than this. Ron Paul, who competes with the margin of error in most polls, raised just one million less than McCain. This was a horrendous quarter for McCain.
In the future, if CNN feels a need to prop up McCain's candidacy, it would probably be better to say that his take "exceeded expectations" or perhaps that "some critics" (they don't even have to be real people!) "say that this amount indicates McCain still has a shot. Event hat would be better journalism than just arbitrarily calling this pitiful take "respectable."
Sorry, but this is just really bad.