McCain Ends Resistance to Secret Service Protection
Early polls in March 2008 showed McCain ahead of both Clinton and Obama in hypothetical general election matchups.Both leads were above the margin of error in the polls by Zogby International and Rasmussen Reports.With the Democratic candidates still involved in a fierce primary race, McCain faced the challenge of staying in the news. However, the period after clinching the nomination allowed the campaign and the candidate to begin implementing their general election strategy. McCain gave a major foreign policy speech in Los Angeles on March 26, then embarked on a weeklong "biographical tour" of the U.S.He also focused on fundraising, an area in which he struggled during the primaries and where he trailed both Senators Obama and Clinton.
“I think that it’s important as we get more and more visibility, that we recognize the inevitable,” Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, told Chris Wallace in an interview that will be broadcast on “Fox News Sunday.” “And so we will be talking with them early to arrange for, very soon, some Secret Service protection.”
He said he had resisted accepting such protection earlier because “it inhibits my ability to have close contact with people.”
Mr. McCain, of Arizona, said in November that he would reject Secret Service protection if he won the Republican nomination and possibly even the White House. While he does use private security guards, he called the elaborate security procedures of the Secret Service an “inconvenience” and a “waste of taxpayers’ money.”