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Peas in a Pod November 2, 2008

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From McCain, Warm Words for Bush

Michael Cooper, New York Times Political Blog, Nov, 2, 2008

WALLINGFORD, Pa. – Senator John McCain was nearing the end of his rally in a high school gymnasium here Sunday morning, making the case that a comeback was at hand, when his voice suddenly began to grow hoarser and hoarser.

“Now let me give you a little straight talk about the state of the race today,’’ he said at Strath Haven High School. “There’s just two days left. We’re a couple of points behind in Pennsylvania. The pundits have written us off, just like they’ve done before.’’

Then his voice cleared, and he announced brashly, “My friends, the Mac is back!’’

He was reprising a slogan that was popularized around the time of his come-from-behind victory in the New Hampshire primary, and in doing so trying to offer a dollop of optimism supporters wary of the many polls that show him trailing Senator Barack Obama both here in the state of Pennsylvania and nationally.

“The other night, Senator Obama said that if he lost, he would return to the Senate and try again in four years for the second act,’’ Mr. McCain told the crowd. “That sounds like a great idea to me! Let’s help him make it happen.”

For months Mr. McCain has been trying to distance himself from President Bush, the deeply unpopular Republican president he is vying to succeed. For many days he has said at rallies, “I’m not President Bush.’’ And when Vice President Dick Cheney praised him this weekend, the Obama campaign quickly cut an ad to spread the word of an endorsement they clearly believed would hurt Mr. McCain more than it would help him.

So it was a bit surprising when Mr. McCain offered praise of President Bush on Sunday, reprising a line he has hardly used, if he has used it at all, since the Republican primary battles ended. It came as Mr. McCain praised Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor and Homeland Security secretary, who had introduced him.

“I think that Tom Ridge — and President Bush — deserve some credit for the fact there’s not been another attack on the United States of America since 9/11,’’ he said.