He said he would come into office with a bipartisan attitude, and this nomination speaks to that kind of approach, ... I don't think his liberal base will desert him, and it helps with the middle of the electorate. His base is as much among the moderate wing of the Republican Party as among independents.
[McCain sought his party's nomination in 2000. And during this year's Republican convention he drew quite an audience of Granite State delegates.] We had some people in that delegation who were very close to -- and great fans of -- Senator McCain, ... And they were front and center when he came, and I think that that was totally appropriate after his run four years ago.