McCain campaign for reform to continue
WASHINGTON (CNN) --John McCain's campaign for GOP delegates may have
stopped at 231, but his campaign to bring about reform continues.
Asked why McCain had opted to "suspend" his campaign rather than call it
quits altogether, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said Thursday, "We expect
to go to the [GOP] convention in Philadelphia with those delegates and we
expect the party to adopt measures that would be germane to reform."
That "puts the onus on them and the Republican party to heed the message
of reform," said Davis. "If they don't pursue this issue, the party will be in
danger of another cycle of losses."
On whether McCain would consider mounting a third-party candidacy, Davis
said, "We believe the party will embrace reform and they are beginning to do
it ... If they do that, there won't be any need to fight."
After McCain announced Thursday that he was suspending his campaign, Bush
telephoned the senator; the two had what Davis described as a "very pleasant"
conversation that contained "no substance."
Bush said McCain had run a good campaign, Davis said.
In his speech Thursday announcing the suspension of his campaign, McCain
had said, "I congratulate Bush and wish him well."
In the call afterwards, Bush thanked McCain for his remarks, a Bush source
There was no talk of endorsement; there was no talk of meeting. Bush did
tell McCain he looked forward to working with him, the source said.
While the future relations between the two former rivals may be uncertain,
"olive branches are breaking out all over" among staffers in the ranks below
the campaigns' top echelons, a source said. The source noted that many staffers
in both camps know each other from previous campaigns or work on Capitol Hill.
According to a senior Bush official, the governor thinks McCain needs to
take time to decide what steps to take and when to take them.
Davis said McCain plans to take a week off. Destination: somewhere outside
the reach of cell phones.