Atlantic Marc Ambinder: McCain’s Now Playing Defense; Obama Bracing For Counterattacks

Atlantic Marc Ambinder

McCain’s Now Playing Defense; Obama Bracing For Counterattacks

The Politico reports this afternoon that the McCain campaign has canceled their television ads and direct mail program in Michigan, and plans instead to fortify McCain’s defensive positions in states won by President Bush in 2004.


For their part, Obama aides declined to characterize McCain’s electoral strategy. They fear that Obama’s numbers are artificially high, and that the race will tighten somewhat before November 4.  They also worry that McCain, who’s been running a mix of positive and negative television ads, will dump his money into an entirely negative campaign in October, one that would question  Obama’s fitness, patriotism and identity.

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