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CNN Today

Super Tuesday: McCain Optimistic Awaiting California Primary Results

Aired March 7, 2000 - 2:05 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DONNA KELLEY, CNN ANCHOR: John McCain is in Los Angeles today to watch the primary returns, and that's where we find CNN's Jonathan Karl -- Jonathan.

JONATHAN KARL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Donna, McCain is here in L.A. awaiting those returns that may well determine the fate of his presidential campaign. McCain has no public events here planned until after polls close out here in California, but from the comfort of his hotel room he has been doing radio interviews via telephone.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We're doing fine. We've had a great run, we're having a lot of fun. Get -- like you said, get out the vote today and we'll win. Every time we've won it's because more people have turned out than anybody had expected. And it's a nice, sunny day today, so I think we can count on that. Tell them that we don't want any of this Texas cronies of Bush's deciding elections.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KARL: McCain has long said that today, Super Tuesday, would be the day that would determine the fate of his campaign. In fact, there are 13 states holding GOP contests today, including the big prizes of California, New York and Ohio. Also voting, as you see, Georgia, Missouri, several other states. McCain is trailing in virtually every state -- every Super Tuesday state beside the five New England states that are holding contests today. But despite those polls, McCain has been optimistic, saying that he will do better than expected. His aides saying that he -- his biggest uphill battle is right here in California battle in the battle for the Republican vote.

But McCain holding an upbeat mood. And in fact, the McCain campaign is saying that as a sign that they will go on no matter what happens today, the McCain campaign has bought $200,000 worth of advertising in the state of Colorado. Colorado not one of the Super Tuesday states but one of the next round of primary states; they'll be voting on Friday.

Reporting live from Los Angeles, this is Jonathan Karl.

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