McCain Slashes Staff, Citing Money Woes
The wheels continue to come off the McCain bandwagon:
Republican John McCain reorganized his campaign Monday, cutting staff in every department as he raised just $11.2 million in the last three months and reported an abysmal $2 million cash on hand for his presidential bid.
“We confronted reality and we dealt with it in the best way that we could so that we could move forward,” Terry Nelson, McCain’s campaign manager, said.
That McCain is trailing Rudy Giuliani isn’t that surprising, given the latter’s executive experience, his “hero of 9/11” mantra, and his freshness as a national candidate. The emergence of Fred Thompson as the “conservative alternative,” though, has really hurt.
In addition to McCain’s well publicized problems with the conservative base, he has the additional liability of being a senior United States Senator running against people who don’t have to make hard votes on controversial issues.