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Upcoming Debates May Let McCain Regain Footing

by David Winston

“I do agree that fundamentally America has an economy that is strong.”

“America’s great strength is its diversity, its hard work, its good financial statements, its broad capital markets, its enormous natural resources and its work ethic …” This was a statement made last Tuesday by a well-known political leader, but probably not who you think.

It was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) responding to reporters’ questions about Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) statement the day before, “the fundamentals of the economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times.” (more…)

With an Eye to the Middle: Soltis on the Independent Vote at

by Kristen Soltis Anderson

In addition to my work at The Winston Group, I am a contributor to   This week, I posted my thoughts on the independent vote following the release of a number of media polls showing increased support for Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid.

You can access the article here, along with other commentary on the upcoming election.

McCain’s Campaign Picks up Big Win During Conventions

by David Winston

Who could blame Sen. Barack Obama’s (Ill.) camp for thinking the Democratic convention would finally end its candidate’s consistent underperformance in the polls? After all, how can you go wrong with a stage right out of a Hollywood back lot and a “green” convention full of Hollywood types for the college crowd? How can you not get a big bounce with the Clintons finally bringing the party together?

Palin’s a Risky Pick, But Could Yield Big Dividends

by David Winston

The post-Palin coverage by many in the media has been a melange of confusion, cynicism, doubt and derision, even going so far as to characterize Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential choice as one of “desperation.”

Choosing to stay with his comrades in a North Vietnam prison and enduring five and a half years of torture, starvation and solitary confinement, the Arizona Republican understands desperate circumstances better than most. Selecting a running mate is a big decision but an act of “desperation” in McCain’s biography of life experiences? Not hardly.