McCain: Romney May Be Too Wounded to Win in November

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 12:55 PM

By Martin Gould

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Mitt Romney could be too wounded from the drawn-out and increasingly bitter Republican primary battle to be an effective candidate against President Barack Obama, leading supporter Sen. John McCain suggests.

And the GOP’s 2008 presidential candidate called on all four candidates left in the race to tone down the intra-party attacks and concentrate on policies.

“This is like watching a Greek tragedy,” McCain told the Boston Herald, saying that negative campaigning and increasingly personal attacks “should have stopped long ago.”

“Any utility from the debates has been exhausted, and now it’s just exchanging cheap shots and personal shots followed by super PAC attacks,” said the senior senator from Arizona, one of two states with primaries today.

McCain endorsed Romney in early January and says he remains convinced that his man will win the nomination. “I know he’s going to be the nominee, but I also worry about how much damage has been done,” McCain said. “Once we get this over, the more we’ll be focused on Obama’s failures.”

McCain said the current campaign is far worse than the bitter 2008 Democratic primary between Obama and Hillary Clinton. “That was nothing compared to this,” he said.
“The worst you got then was, ‘What are you going to do if you get that phone call at 3 in morning? Compare that to ‘Massachusetts liberal’ and “Romneycare’ . . . These people are not respectful.”

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