HAMILTON, N.J. – John McCain has insisted that his visit to Boston was not intended to tweak Mitt Romney in his home state, but his rally this morning did not stint on the Massachusetts imagery: Faneuil Hall, praise for the Patriots, and Romney’s two Republican predecessors on Beacon Hill.
“We thought it would be good to come back and thank the people of Massachusetts for their support over many years,” said McCain, flanked by Jane Swift and Paul Cellucci, who called McCain to offer an endorsement late last week after his first candidate, Rudy Giuliani, withdrew from the race
McCain reassured Patriots fans that they had a right to be proud of their team’s season despite their Super Bowl collapse and said that Bill Belichick, a longtime McCain favorite, remained “the greatest coach in the United States.”
But at his next stop, in central New Jersey, McCain offered congratulations to the New York Giants -- and Giuliani said that voters should identify the triumphant team’s upset victory with McCain’s comeback campaign.
For his part, McCain spoke with the confidence of a heavy favorite as he promised victory on Super Tuesday. “We’re going to take New Jersey and we’re going to take this nomination and we’re going to do it tomorrow,” he told a more rambunctious crowd than he had encountered in Massachusetts.