After Mitt Romney’s withdrawal from the Republican nomination race, frontrunner John McCain has started wooing right-wing conservatives, who had been backing his rival. Although the Republican nomination contest could be described as all but won, the more liberal McCain still needs to unite his party.
“Many of you have disagreed strongly with some positions I have taken in recent years,” he said. “I understand that. I might not agree with it, but I respect it for the principled position it is. And that is my sincere hope – that even if you believe I have occasionally erred in my reasoning as a fellow conservative, you will still allow that I have, in many ways, maintained the record of a conservative.”
But some right-wingers appear to be unforgiving of McCain’s moderate views on issues such as immigration.
“McCain voted for no borders. Open borders. That is enough for me,” said one Republican woman.
But another Republican supporter disagreed.
“They portray him as not being conservative. However I think he is conservative in some things, yes, and he will be conservative enough for the party in the end.”
Challenging McCain for the nomination, Mike Huckabee has an almost impossible task in trying to dent the 71-year-old’s lead. For McCain, the main fight looks like being against whoever wins the Democrats nomination. Then he will need conservatives and liberals alike to get him into the White House.