For two days of meetings at McCain’s cabin in Flagstaff, Arizona, five of his top aides have started to map out the course of transcending from frontrunner to the Republican nominee. Mathematically, John McCain will grab the nomination. However, US GOP hopeful and deemed underdog Mike Huckabee has refused to drop out of the race. Many that have supported McCain have urged Huckabee to drop out.
Huckabee has dismissed all requests to drop out from the race. It has made things difficult for McCain in his transformation from frontrunner to the nominee. McCain has been forced to remain focused on the upcoming primaries and caucuses. The inner circle of McCain’s campaign discussed the dynamics of going against the eventual Democratic nominee who could either be Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton during a barbeque with McCain and his wife, Cindy.
They also went over how the political climate could change in the next six months. On a foreign level, Fidel Castro had stepped down as Cuba’s leader while Kosovo has declared independence. Pakistan had recently got done with parliamentary elections. There have been tensions between the US and Russia on the missile shield system.
His aides explained how they need a much larger staff, more donors, and bases in major battleground states, and so forth.
“The McCain campaign recognizes the inevitability of John McCain’s nomination,” said one of the aides. The aide added: “He’ll be facing either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in a race that doesn’t appear it’s going to be settled anytime soon. Obviously, the conversation focused on the dynamics of the race against either one of them.”
Recently, McCain had received the endorsement of former US President George H.W. Bush. McCain had also received the endorsement of former Florida governor Jeb Bush and current Florida governor Charlie Crist.
McCain’s aides are aiming big. But for the time being, McCain has to keep focused on the primaries and caucuses. He has been trying to woo the conservative voting bloc of the GOP. However, McCain has not been completely successful. Huckabee’s refusal to drop out has made it more difficult.