McCain looks to N.H.-centered strategy

CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) -- John McCain is back in New Hampshire trying to remind people there why they liked him during his first presidential run.

Speaking at an American Legion Hall, he tried to assure voters that his troubled 2008 campaign is not done, saying "We're going to be fine. I know how to campaign. I can win in New Hampshire, as I did in 2000." McCain won the state's primary that year, defeating then-Texas Governor George W. Bush.

His strategy back than was more grassroots. He visited small gatherings in every town, answered questions in a freewheeling style and let reporters travel with him on his "Straight Talk Express."

But the bus is now parked for lack of money. A symbolic sign of the troubles of a campaign that has shed its top leadership, posted abysmal fund-raising totals and laid off staffers in the past two weeks.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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