McCain: 'It's Kind of Nice to be the First Presidential Candidate in This Campaign to Vote for Himself'Aired February 22, 2000 - 11:24 a.m. ET
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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: We are going to Phoenix, Arizona, where Senator John McCain is speaking after he cast his ballot in the Arizona primary.
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SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: ... going to Washington state tomorrow and continuing the campaign.
MCCAIN: I think it's kind of nice to be the first presidential candidate in this campaign to vote for himself. That is kind of a unique experience for me for a guy who finished 5th to the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy that is not too shabby.
QUESTION: Is Michigan do or die for you?
MCCAIN: Everything is do or die in this campaign. That is why we are having so much fun. Everyday is do or die. We are a high-wire act, an insurgency campaign, and we have had a great, great ride, and we're proud of the positive campaign we've been running, and we believe that that's the way the voters will finally come down.
QUESTION: Is there any scenario where you would pullout?
MCCAIN: No, I cannot imagine, I cannot imagine that.
QUESTION: Putting aside what George W. Bush may or may have done in Michigan, are you completely satisfied with the race that you ran in Michigan?
MCCAIN: I'm completely satisfied. If you read the exposes in "Time" magazine and "Newsweek" this week, you learn about the kind of campaign that the Bush campaign ran. But that's up to them. They have to live with it and we will be proud of ours for a long, long time. And I'm very proud.
In the state of Michigan, where supposedly its going to be very close today, we were 30 points behind three weeks ago. We are very happy with the traction that we gained in this campaign.
Thank you very much, OK, thanks a lot. Have a great day. KAGAN: There we go. Microphone is open. OK, some quick comments there from Senator John McCain, as he stepped out of Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. Senator McCain making the point that he is the first presidential candidate in this election who has had the chance to vote for himself, since the Arizona primary happening today.
Also Michigan happening today, where it's considered a dead heat between Senator McCain and Texas Governor George W. Bush. More on that in a moment.
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