July 9th, 2007
02:22 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain to deliver Iraq speech in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain will use New Hampshire as a backdrop Friday for a speech on Iraq and the broader war against terror, but the Arizona republican is not expected to take "any radical departures" from previous positions, sources close to the senator tells CNN.

McCain has just returned from a trip to Iraq and is seeking to reenergize his presidential campaign after posting lackluster fundraising numbers. The Arizona senator has dramatically reduced his staff and is focusing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination primarily on the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. And a source shot down a published report that McCain is being advised to resign his Senate seat and seek the presidency full time.

"Whoever those 'advisors' are, they are not senior enough to know what they are saying," said one of the McCain sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "Nobody in the top six or eight of his advisors has said that to him. And he wouldn't listen to it if they did. His role in Congress, vis a vis, the war is too important to him."

Despite speculation that McCain's campaign is sputtering out, this source said there is still a feeling among the inner circle that "he has as good a chance as anybody.

"Obviously we are short of money," the source said. "I think we'll get treated as a second tier candidate for a while … but he will be back in the fall (after working the big three states) New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina. He has good organization in all those states even after he got pummeled on immigration."

McCain's speech on Iraq Friday will take place in Concord.

- CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Ricardo Rossellini

    Mr McCain Has shown that he has the same ideas as President Bush, and that is not a good thing. His Ideas about the Iraq war and the handling of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez are exactly what the American people do not want to hear. People want change and that means changing policy in Iraq and abroad. So I hope he doesn't even get close in the November elections.

    July 9, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Will - Miami, Fl

    Deliver all of the speaches you want McCain. You're WAY out of touch with not only the Republicans but also many democrats. Give it up now. Try to save a LITTLE face. You're really starting to look silly at this point. I mean come on! Who else has ever continued to run after having to fire campaign staff so early in a race?

    July 9, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Larry Tierney Dunedin, FL

    How much "Cool Aid" is left?

    July 9, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Robert Janesville Wisconsin

    Does it matter who is running for the Republican nomination for president? There is no way a republican stands any chance of being the next president. Americans simply don't trust Republicans anymore. There is even a fair chance the GOP is doomed as a party.
    They showed they were willing to do anything for political control, and now they have lost everything. What will they be willing to do next?

    July 9, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    BBC has quoted Patraeus as saying the "war on the insurgency could take decades"!!!

    July 9, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Antonii De Joya, Toms River New jersey

    To our kind Senator John McCain,
    Presidential aspiration is open to every men who have that inspiration within him to serve more and alleviate the sinking morale of every americans, yet we have to face reality that – there are still "strong aspirants" who can see, hear and understand more of the major problem of our country – to here I DELIVERATELY SUGGEST THAT THIS IS THE BEST TIME TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF NOT-PURSUING THE PATH TO PRESIDENCY! this is a personal call to stop here and remain as one of our great senators...this is not your calling! the Presidency is forecasted and predicted to be handled by DEMOCRAT – this is a history in the making..I openly send this message to you our beloved senator John McCain – you will save more of your precious time & efforts. Instead, concentrate more on the immigration reform which will eventually favors you more and you will recieved great recognition upon its completion..I wish you all the best!

    July 9, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  7. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    I'll tell you exactly what General Patraeus is going to say: "we're on the move, we're on the hunt, we're making progress."

    Sound Familiar?

    July 10, 2007 06:37 am at 6:37 am |