McCain?s Appeal to Moderates May Help Him, Supporters Say

By Penny Starr | July 7, 2008 | 8:32 PM EDT

Alexandria, Va. ( - Supporters of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gathered for a rally in Old Town, following the Potomac Primary on Tuesday and expressed support for the senator that seemed as solid as his lead in the delegate count, even if he's not the perfect candidate, they told Cybercast News Service.

Tom Gibson of Alexandria, Va., said McCain's maverick reputation could help him get the support he needs in November, including from Democrats.

"I think he can appeal to a lot of moderates ... he appeals to a lot of independents," Gibson told Cybercast News Service. "Sometimes when you talk to Democrats, you'll find that their second choice is McCain after Barack Obama."

Omar Terrie of Arlington, Va., said voters need to stop looking for perfection and get behind McCain so that Republicans can win in November.

"I'm fine with McCain just the way he is," Terrie said. "You're not going to find someone you agree with 100 percent, and if you expect them to be perfect, that's not possible unless a person is Jesus ... so I don't think you can expect that."

"I think (McCain) is what we need right now," Terrie said.

Marc Soloweszyk of Baltimore, Md., said that while he originally supported Mitt Romney because he thinks the former Massachusetts governor is more conservative than McCain, he thinks McCain deserves to be the next president because of his military service.

"I've always admired McCain," Soloweszyk said. "I think he'll be a leader that keeps us strong during a time of war."

Another party-goer was on the bandwagon for McCain, but Tessie Abraham of Fairfax, Va., said McCain has to continue to appeal to the conservative base if he wants to win the White House.

"I think there are a lot of voters that McCain needs to win over, particularly conservatives," Abraham said. "And I think he's doing a good job of that. He made an appearance at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), and he's getting more endorsements, so I think it's just a matter of time, and I think he'll pull this off."

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