CNN- McCain hopes to reignite 'Straight Talk Express' magic
"DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) -- The bus is back.
Sen. John McCain has revived the 'Straight Talk Express,' the campaign conveyance made famous in his 2000 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, for his new run. The Arizona lawmaker was back on board Thursday afternoon, hitting town-hall meetings in Iowa, the scene of the first caucuses of the 2008 GOP campaign.
'I'm still the same candidate I was -- little bit older, but still the same candidate,' he said. 'We're still having fun. We're still on the bus, still having the town hall meetings in the same way that we were before, and I'm convinced we're doing fine.'
McCain is trying to reclaim the maverick mantle he wore seven years ago, when he upset then-front-runner George W. Bush in the New Hampshire primary -- and largely ignored Iowa, where his opposition to ethanol subsidies was a liability in a corn-belt state."