Republican Presidential contender John McCain did not exactly announce his candidacy to CBS' David Letterman on his Late Show. He announced that he would make an announcement. So ABC was correct in deciding not to grant the senator full coverage and only mention his declaration in passing. NBC's David Gregory called this "a time of soul searching" for the GOP's conservative base. "It is yet to pick a favorite." Partisans have published a pamphlet entitled He's No Ronald Reagan slamming McCain's positions on abortion, guns, immigration, global warming, stem cells, gays, judges, torture, taxes and campaign finance.
CBS' Bob Schieffer weighed up the pros and cons of McCain and his leading rival for the nomination Rudolph Giuliani, who is "running under the radar…not holding many news conferences, not on national television very much." Schieffer speculated that the early negative start of the campaign may result in disaffection with the frontrunners and an opening for a later entry by Newt Gingrich--and Al Gore on the Democratic side.
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