McCain Retools Image, Now An Underdog

Hoping to turn the tables on Barack Obama – and spin declining numbers in his favor – John McCain retooled his stump speech today.

Rather than relying on negative attacks and innuendo, the Republican presidential candidate attempted to set himself up as an underdog ready to fight for the White House. The media’s coverage, he claims, has been far too dismissive.

Said McCain to a crowd of 20,000 12,000 in Virginia Beach:

Let me give you the state of the race today and some straight talk. We have 22 days to go. We’re 6 points down. The national media has written us off. But they forgot to let you decide.

What America needs in this hour is a fighter, someone who puts all his cards on the table and trusts the judgment of the American people.

McCain and Palin are definitely sweating Virginia, a state that hasn’t gone to the Democrats since 1964. Obama, however, may change that: the Senator has a slim three-point lead, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll. Despite this anomaly, McCain insists he and his supporters have the Democrats “right where we want them.”