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Can John McCain Save the Republican Brand?

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Can John McCain Save the Republican Brand?

Election 2008

Can John McCain Save the Republican Brand?

Can John McCain Save the Republican Brand?

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On this morning's show, Jim VandeHei of Politico.com took a look at the state of the Republican brand. And what a picture.

VandeHei says the GOP is in the worst shape with voters that the party has seen since Watergate. The editor spent time recently with Republican governors, looking for a preview of their strategy for the presidential campaign. "It's clear they feel that the one ace in the hole that they still hold is national security and fighting terrorism," he says.

And that brings us to Sen. John McCain, the presumptive nominee and Vietnam war hero. VandeHei says conservative Republicans who dismissed McCain as not Republican enough are now hoping he can reinvent — and reinvigorate — the party. Even if they don't much like the results.