," said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political analyst. "His task is tough enough because of President Bush's unpopularity, the unpopularity of the Iraq war and the tanking of the economy. If he gets too identified with the right wing of his own party, he's going to alienate those swing independents, and he'll lose the election."
McCain is closely identified with President Bush in his support for the Iraq war and an economic policy built on tax cuts. But Sabato saysso far, that has not been the drag on McCain's campaign that it might be
. "Right now
, he has that maverick image,
and he's running 20 to 25 points better than the Republican brand," Sabato added. "The Democrats' job is to make sure that doesn't continue. McCain's job is to make sure that it does."
The environment is one area where McCain can put some daylight between his views and President Bush's
. Speaking on Monday in Portland, Ore.,McCain subtly criticized the president for not doing more to combat global warming.
"I will not permit eight long years to pass without serious action onserious challenges,"
McCain also went out of his way to praise Oregon's Democratic governor and to promise more bipartisancooperation
if he is elected president. "We need to draw on the best ideas of both parties and on all the resources a free market can provide," he said.
[ ] McCain will go to war with Iran
Edwards and Kane 1-28-2008
[David, Muriel, “Buchanan: McCain win would mean war with Iran,”http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Buchanan_McCain_win_means_war_with_0128.html]"
More wars" could prove to be the oddest of all presidential campaign slogans
. Especially if it works. Presidential candidate John McCain shockedobservers on Sunday when he told a crowd of supporters, "There's going to be other wars. ... I'm sorry to tell you, there's going to be other wars. We will never surrender butthere will be other wars." MSNBC's Joe Scarborough asked old-line conservative Pat Buchanan about McCain's remarks, saying, "
He talked about promising thatmore wars were coming. ... Is he so desperate to get off the economic issue?"
Pat Buchanan replied that McCain never used the word "promise" but simplysaid there would be more wars, and that from McCain's point of view, "that is straight talk.
... You get John McCain in the White House, and I do believe wewill be at war with Iran." "
That's one of the things that makes me very nervous about him," Buchanan went on
. "There's no doubt John McCain is going to be a war president. ... His whole career is wrapped up in the military, national security. He's in Putin's face, he's threatening the Iranians,we're going to be in Iraq a hundred years
." "So when he says more war," Scarborough commented, "he is promising you, if he gets in the White House, we'll notonly be fighting this war but starting new wars. Is that what conservative Republicans want? "I don't say he's starting them," Buchanan answered. "
He expects morewars. ... I think he's talking straight