Campaign 2000: McCain Hits The Sweet Spot

He's gaining on George W. Bush in New Hampshire. Here's why

Every talented politician has a sweet spot--the issues that stir his deepest feelings, trigger his best thinking and ignite his most persuasive oratory. John McCain's sweet spot may be the smallest of all the presidential contenders', but it's also the most powerful. He's like an old-fashioned persimmon-wood golf club--hit it just right, and the ball sails a mile; miss by a hair, and it squibs into the rough. Ask him what's wrong with the campaign-money game or Clinton's foreign policy, and McCain can be dazzling--puzzled and outraged but full of strong, simple ideas for cleaning up the mess. Ask him, however,...

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