How Conservative Is McCain?

Plenty conservative. He isn't the Clinton clone Bush makes him out to be--or the muckraker he likes to play on the stump

The votes were still being tallied last Tuesday night when George W. Bush launched his counterattack against John McCain. "He came at me from the left here in New Hampshire," Bush told CNN's Larry King, "and so it's going to be a clear race between a more moderate-to-liberal candidate vs. a conservative candidate in the state of South Carolina." Bush wants to convince Carolina Republicans that he is the only conservative in the race--that McCain is a closet Clinton who won in New Hampshire because the state has become a hilly suburb of Boston, Taxachusetts. That's a tough sell, since McCain...

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