In case you missed these fine pieces of radio journalism, here's a few excerpts:
From Lowry's piece:
- "...he salvaged his reputation after the political hell of the Keating Five scandal."
- "Even the most hardened Democrat has to appreciate the man's pluck."
- "But there's another enduring McCain quality — and that's courage. He has been willing to root out corruption in his own party; he has bucked his own party's leadership..."
- "McCain entered the U.S. Senate and gradually adopted his own Western theme. The persona fits well with Arizona's Old West image — a place for rugged individualists to make a new start. After all, that's what McCain did when he married his second wife, Cindy, and moved to the state."
- "...political pollster Bruce Merrill says the voters have embraced the brand. 'They admire him as a POW. They admire him as a maverick, a gunslinger kind of a guy,' he said."
- "The problem is that McCain has taken stances opposite of his own party."
- "State Republican leaders differ with McCain on campaign finance reform, embryonic stem cell research and, most notably, on immigration."