The EFM Feature

I sometimes wonder how much press candidates and politicians actually read. I mean, I’m certain that Gov. Romney peruses this site at least a couple of times a day, but what about the others?

This New York Times article
says that when Sen. McCain was in New Hampshire, he was met with blistering editorials about his heel-digging over the interrogation and trial of terrorism suspects. The Union-Leader–the largest newspaper in New Hampshire–published a front page editorial criticial of Sen. McCain. But, characteristically…

Mr. McCain said he was not overly concerned about the criticism. When an aide offered him a copy of the editorial as he rode in a car to the cocktail party here, he at first refused it, but a second later took it back and read it. And at the reception, he aggressively raised the issue, to decidedly light applause.

Also, when told that Gov. Romney supports President Bush’s position on the treatment of terrorists,

Mr. McCain noted tartly, “He doesn’t have a vote.”

The article ends by saying that McCain hasn’t heard any political objections from the White House about his throwing the Democrats a bone–that Republicans aren’t as tough on terror as we say we are. Why would the White House not cross McCain?

“They know better than that,” he said.

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