Unlike his fake election article predicting victory over Clinton, his campaign’s own map shows him trailing her in enough key states to lose the election. But McCain’s argument is that he can compete with her better than Giuliani, winning in Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky and running closer in Minnesota, Michigan and Missouri.
\ The only two states where Giuliani bests McCain in a head-to-head with Clinton are New York and California, and in both of those states Clinton beats both of them easily. \
\ If Giuliani can’t make a close race in those two major states or win other “swing” states like Minnesota, it would puncture his major appeal to many Republicans \0x2014 his claim that he can carry the Republican brand to states where it hasn’t been popular for years. \
\ Still, it’s an incomplete picture McCain provides. It leaves out states such as New Jersey, where Giuliani’s popularity probably makes him a far better candidate than McCain. \
\ — Stephen Dinan, national political reporter, The Washington Times \ \ \ \