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McCain says he won't quit Republican race

WASHINGTON -- Senator John McCain dismissed the notion yesterday that he would drop out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination because he's lagging in fund-raising and trailing in most polls.

"That's ridiculous," McCain told reporters in the Capitol. "Why in the world would I want to do that? It would be nuts."

McCain noted that the first primary contests are a full six months away and said voters won't start paying close attention until the fall.

"I don't know why I would even remotely consider such a thing in the month of June or July," he said.

McCain acknowledged his difficulty raising money. He placed third among the top GOP presidential contenders after the first three months of the year with $12.5 million, and may come in under that total when the second financial quarter ends tomorrow.

Brownback: Yes and no
WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback yesterday voted both for and against the immigration bill, explaining that he wanted to show his support for an overhaul but not President Bush's legislation.

When voting began on whether to advance the measure that would legalize millions of unlawful immigrants, the Kansas senator voted "yes." About 10 minutes later, Brownback switched his vote to "no."

"I wanted to signal that I support comprehensive immigration reform, but now is not the time, this is not the bill," Brownback said.

Romney gets new deadline
WASHINGTON -- Republican Mitt Romney, the wealthiest candidate in the presidential field, won't have to disclose details of his financial holdings until mid-August, under an extension obtained from the Office of Government Ethics.

Romney, whose assets are estimated to be between $190 million and $250 million, faced a deadline today to file a financial disclosure form, but he sought a new extension because his advisers were still compiling data contained in his blind trust.

"All the information needed to complete the report is not yet available," Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said.

All presidential candidates were required to file financial disclosures with the Federal Election commission and the Office of Government Ethics by May 15. Romney and Senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton received extensions at the time, after the Office of Government Ethics informed them that all three would have to open their blind trusts.

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