Republican strategist Ralph Reed was on The 700 Club today and had the following to say about the upcoming general election race between McCain and Obama:
"John McCain is making some serious and I think successful efforts to build bridges to social conservatives."
"It's going to be close. I don't but the conventional wisdom that the electoral map will change a lot. Obama may make it closer in Virginia but McCain is going to carry the south, Obama will carry the northeast...It's going to boil down to Ohio, Florida, New Mexico."
"I think and I've never thought this before in my career that the Vice-Presidential picks could make a huge difference. I don't think a Veep pick has mattered more for both parties than at any time since John F. Kennedy picked Lyndon Johnson."
Watch the interview above.
Let me just add that for all you political junkies out there, Reed has a new book out called, “Dark Horse”. It’s a fascinating read and a book you just can’t put down. Put it this way. If you were mesmerized by the Clinton/Obama race, well let me just say this book speaks to that. It’s a fictional book but it sure feels like reality. Read an excerpt below:
“After a twenty-month, $400 million, 300,000-air-mile, forty-four –state marathon, the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination hurtled toward its finish. It had been a clash of titans, an epic battle unlike any witnessed by a major political party in two generations.”
That sounds like the lead paragraph to a New York Times article about the Clinton/Obama race. I’m telling you this political thriller is juicy stuff. Put it this way; there’s a scene where delegates start fighting on the convention floor and some get bloodied. Are you kidding me? Classic. A great behind the scenes look that includes Evangelicals, Democrats, Republicans, an African-American presidential candidate, gossip galore and terrorists.