John Mc Cain: In His Own Feisty Words

On the trail, the Presidential hopeful remains iconoclastic

On a chilly Sunday, Senator John McCain is zigzagging across New Hampshire like a cruise missile with a faulty guidance system. His motorcade--one minivan with a couple of McCain's former POW pals along for the ride--is on a mission, though: to boost the Arizonan's GOP Presidential bid by trumpeting his call for U.S. ground troops in Kosovo. "He knows it's a tough sell," says aide Howard Opinsky. "But it takes political will to stand up while other Republicans are hiding."

McCain's lonely stance is in keeping with his iconoclastic career. A feisty maverick, he has battled his own party over tobacco regulation, campaign-finance reform, and pork-barrel spending. Still, there's a method to McCain's maneuvers. He knows that if his visibility on the Balkan war gains him a hard look from voters, he could vault from long shot to contender.

Washington Bureau Chief Lee Walczak tagged along with McCain during his Apr. 18 sortie:

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