John McCain, fresh off his campaign-reviving win in New Hampshire, is stumping across Michigan today, hoping he can pull off the double victory -- just as he did in 2000.
He is emphasizing his message of fiscal conservatism and his fight against out-of-control spending. McCain often quotes Republican icon Ronald Reagan saying that Congress spending taxpayer money like a drunken sailor, and he repeated the story of receiving a phone call from a man who said he was a former drunken sailor and was offended by the analogy because Congress is worse.
"You can't blame him, you can't blame him," McCain said.
The Arizona senator said that until spending is brought under control, it will be extremely difficult to deal with huge looming problems, such as Social Security.
If McCain can repeat his 2000 victory in Michigan, it could spell the end of Mitt Romney's presidential bid. Romney hoped to win both the first two nomination contests, but finished second to McCain in New Hampshire and second to Mike Huckabee in Iowa. Romney, who was born and raised in the Detroit suburbs, will be in Michigan later today.