John McCain could pull out of race by September – Video Added

Here’s a video report:

From the Times Online:

The former presidential front-runner, John McCain, may drop out of the 2008 race by September if his fundraising dries up and his poll ratings continue to drop, according to Republican insiders.

The speculation, vigorously denied by McCain’s camp, is sweeping Republican circles after a disastrous few weeks in which the principled Arizona senator has clashed with the party’s conservative base on immigration and also alienated independent voters by backing President George W Bush’s troop surge in Iraq.

I would disagree with the Times concerning why his numbers have dropped. It’s got nothing to do with support for the surge, Thompson and Giuliani support it as well.

I will coin a new term for 2008: It’s immigration, stupid!

That is McCain’s biggest problem in my opinion. Support for Kennedy/Amnesty!

Dan Schnur, McCain’s communications director during the 2000 presidential campaign, said it was “possible” that he could drop out: “There are all sorts of challenges McCain is facing, from fundraising to Fred Thompson and the Iraq war, but the biggest single boulder in his path is the immigration issue.”

One veteran Republican consultant put the odds of McCain remaining in the race beyond the autumn at 3-1 against. “He’ll be gone by September,” predicted Tom Edmonds, who is not affiliated with any campaign.

This is sooner than I predicted. I said previously that he’d last until the primaries. However, I could be giving him too much leniency.

Update

McCain responds in what I presume to be a well-placed YouTube video from a newly created account:

Light ’em up! I think McCain’s grasping, still believing that keeping a tough face may revive his campaign. He has to try at this point, there is potential but I think it’s weak.