I write the following as I listen to the McCain press conference; here are highlights:
> McCain has solid, credible deportment; appears calm, steady, believeable.
> Crucial: No non-denial denial: This denial is evidently full and complete: no affair, no favoritism.
> Again denies any impropriety of any type, personal or legislative.
> Claims to be unaware of all previous suspicions of himself and lobbyist; denies he was ever told by staffers to "stay away" from lobbyist in question.
> Claims not to have attempted to dissuade NYT from publishing story
> Denies recently having seen the lobbyist.
> Mrs. McCain says "very disappointed in the NY Times; our family knows he'd never disappoint us."
> Q: "Distraction to campaign?" A: "It does distract...keeps me from discussing big issues...but am confident I can move on and do that..."
> Q "Will this hurt campaign?" A: "I believe we can resole this....Americans are fair in their judgement...there will be other obstacles, but we will move on....I look forward to the debate."
> As to whether this goes to the heart of his campaign: "Disappointed by such a story based on anonymous sources....my record is clear..."
> "Last saw lobbyist several months ago."
Impressive performance by McCain.
More to come...