Dr. Pitney on California Primary & McCain

From Harrison Sheppard and Tony Castro’s article in the Los Angeles Daily News on how the “primary in California may be pivotal”:

“I’m sure the McCain campaign would like lots of absentee ballots to come in next week and allow them to capitalize on the New Hampshire afterglow,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont.

“But the problem for McCain is that identifying and turning out absentee voters is very expensive.”

From Zachary Coile’s San Francisco Chronicle article on the GOP candidates and foreign policy:

Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, said, “Even though Bush is unpopular among the general electorate, a lot of Republicans remain loyal to him, which is why Republicans generally avoid direct criticism.” Pitney said that of all the GOP candidates, McCain seems to be doing the best at maneuvering around the pitfalls of Bush’s foreign policy record.

“McCain seems to have found an effective formula by endorsing the administration’s goals while faulting its execution – saying they tried to do the right thing the wrong way,” Pitney said. “McCain has the credibility to make the argument because of his expertise in military matters.”

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