John McCain "appeared much more comfortable in the role of frontrunner" in the wake of the Republican CNN debate, noted NBC's Kelly O'Donnell. CBS' Bill Whitaker called McCain's ticket "the hottest bandwagon in town" as Rudolph Giuliani's endorsement was matched by that of Arnold Schwarzenegger, "that is two superstar endorsements from the two biggest Super Tuesday states." Mitt Romney still has "his cash advantage," however, noted NBC's O'Donnell and among conservatives, ABC's Jake Tapper (no link) observed, "the discontent remains" regarding McCain. Even though the Arizona Republican is "conservative on most issues," he is still resented for opposing tax cuts, supporting immigration reform and advocating action to curb global warming. Tapper offered this radio reaction from talkshow host Rush Limbaugh to the Schwarzenegger nod for McCain: "So he just got the endorsement of a big taxing, big spending, socialist healthcare, eco-extreme governor who says the Republican Party needs to follow him to the left."
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