In an effort to counteract criticism over whether he is conservative enough to be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., worked over the weekend to emphasize his conservative stances.
On Friday, he released this television ad, called “True Conservative”:
McCain said during campaign stops in Tennessee and Alabama on Saturday that he has spent his 24 years in the Senate “fighting for the rights of the unborn” and never asked for an earmark, or special spending project for his home state. He also said the Senate must pass President Bush’s economic stimulus package and make the president’s tax cuts permanent.
On Monday, the senator made campaign stops in Boston, where Republican rival Mitt Romney once served as governor, and Hamilton, N.J., where McCain invited former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to the stage and congratulated him on the Giants’ Super Bowl win.
McCain plans to crisscross the country on Super Tuesday — when 21 states will hold their GOP primaries and caucuses — appearing at campaign rallies in the morning in New York City and in the afternoon in San Diego.