Despite cheap-shot attempts to suggest he is not supportive of campaign finance legislation, the fact is that Al Gore was there for reform from the time of McCain-Feingold and before, every single time.
[Translation: The GOP brass will have to embrace McCain's number one issue -- campaign finance reform -- if he's going to throw his weight behind Bush.] There are a bunch of little reform measures percolating in Congress right now, ... At least some of those will need to pass if we're going to see the McCain and Bush camps unify.
McCain wants to make the GOP move in the direction of his issues, particularly campaign finance reform. There are two issues he'll squabble with Republican leadership on. First is his bitterness toward Bush for the attack ads from South Carolina on. Second, he can make the issue that he drew new voters into the party, and that the party will have to incorporate his platform if it wants to keep those voters.
[The first time McCain waded into a group of reporters while on a campaign bus last summer,] I was aghast, ... I soon realized that in many respects, that the typical shaping of the media that a press secretary is traditionally involved with was not going to be a part of this campaign.