WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senator John McCain's presidential campaign and congressional Republicans are stepping up their efforts to coordinate campaign strategy and political messaging.
McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis and senior policy advisor Douglas Holtz-Eakin are scheduled to meet Friday morning on Capitol Hill with the chiefs of staff for all Republican House members, according to several GOP congressional aides.
"This is the campaign generally starting to take on the mantle of the leadership. McCain now becomes the standard bearer of the Republican message," Sean Noble, campaign spokesman for Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., one of McCain's early Hill supporters, told CNN.
Noble said he expected McCain campaign officials to lay out where the candidate will campaign in the coming weeks, what themes he'll be hitting, and what the fundraising targets are. Noble also said the meeting would give senior staff of House Republicans who backed McCain's primary rivals a chance to meet the top staff members of McCain's campaign.
Noble noted it wasn't that long ago that McCain could only count on a handful of GOP Hill supporters to carry his message.
"Now he can reach out to essentially the entire House Republican Conference to serve as surrogates," he said.
One congressional aide said senior Republicans have already been coordinating with the McCain campaign, including regular communication among Davis, senior McCain advisor Charlie Black and senior Hill staff.
The McCain campaign recently enlisted John Green, a lobbyist and former aide to retired Senator Trent Lott, R-Miss, to lead Congressional outreach efforts.
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Oh, acts as the liaison for the campaign to House Republicans and Senator Jon Kyl, R-Ariz, is the liaison to Senate Republicans. But the aide said, "coordination has ramped up just in the last couple of weeks."
Another source downplayed the significance of Friday's meeting, saying most of the information would be "scripted and generic" message coordination, but said it was valuable as "an initial touch of gloves for rank and file Members."
Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel said that Republicans see the value of McCain's ability to reach out to independents.
"People are increasingly enthusiastic about how much he'll help in the fall," Steel said.
GOP aides pointed to April 15th, tax day, as a natural opportunity for McCain and Hill Republicans to work together to highlight differences with Democrats on economic policy.
Boehner announced Thursday that Republicans will argue on the House floor next week that Democrats support "the biggest tax increase in American history" by not extending President Bush's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.
I won't vote for the machine. The past 16 years are a continuum. The only difference is we have active troops in Iraq. Clinton bombed the crap out of Sarajevo for what we know now as an overreaction. Bush invaded Iraq with the blessing of 85% of the US support. Yet, both of these guys have failed miserably.
Maybe it is time for a third party. Maybe a new perspective is needed. Rather than voting for the "winner" I am going to vote for who I believe the best candidate is.
Hey John are these folks Sunnis or Shiites. .Careful you might mix some demos with the long nose repubs due to your ability to screw up everything that is not written down for you. They have a term for that condition . IT STARTS WITH ALZ_____and ends withERS
It's getting harder and harder to keep the Obamaites on point. Hate blinds.
If not Hillary then McCain 2008
The ignorance of some democrats on these comments are ridiculous!
The Obama trolls never seem to stop...
Wait for the republican machine to start turning, Obama you are in trouble!
Students for McCain 08!
obama only does what best interests him. he decides florida & michigan dont count cause its not "good" for him. Now he has fliped on campaighn finance cause it would hurt his chances against McCain. Havnt we had enough of a president that thinks about his best interests!
Hillary and Bill are selling our jobs and getting paid for it.
So is Penn. Fire him? Fire a man that is doing their work.
Hillary and Bill have similiarities of the Repulican Party.
The sell our jobs too.
It's good to see the Dems on here spewing mindlessly – they need a release after watching their own party self-destruct.
Republicans learn a lesson here – it can happen to you too. No candidate will ever give you everything you want. I don't agree with all of McCains thoughts, but you know what, we can give them a try – it won't kill us or the party.
A good starting point for unity: I don't have to have things my way all of the time. And no matter how hard I believe something, I might be wrong.
WE WOULD RESPECTFULLY REMIND MCCAIN THAT FIRST STRIKE IS IN VIOLATION OF OATH OF OFFICE, UNDER U.S. CONSTITUTIONS
RULE TO UP HOLD INTERNATIONAL SIGNED TRETIES!
COME ON GUYS YOU NEED TO WORK HARDER TO GET OUR VOTE!
Yeah they need a high level meeting to see if they can put "vote for McCain" on one of his wife's beer trucks. And to may sure Joe Leiberman got his CDL license so he could operate that wagon behind the horses that haul that beer.
Whenever I read these comments I can't help but to feel very sorry for you all. Go ahead and vote for mcsane, or billary. mcshane can't remember one moment from the next, billary is the absolute worse human being God created, and therefore, not suited to me commandor and chief EVER. Besides, billy boy would be the actually president, and the poor VP would have to quit, because who needs two VPs, hill and the actual VP. Remember America, the WORLD is watching to see if justice will be served.
Obama is a liar and underhanded at every turn. There are those who question why Americans are for McCain. You must be foolhardy to not understand why. Take your head out of the sand and do your unbiased research my friends.
Do the Republicans really think they can win in Nov, I do not think so. Right now there is this fight in the democratic party the same way it was in the republican party for the nomination. At the end democrats will be unite because the majority of this nation is against the war in Iraq Period. Republicans are not united, conservatives do not trust McCain.
Hillary can keep spending the money she does not have (does she already pay what she owes in health care bills for her employees?) I know Obama will win this nomination and be the next president of the United States of America.
Sorry McCain You are a good person, but the problem is that you are a man of war. We the people do not want that.