Politics & Government

August 31, 2008 6:00 AM

Primary defeat of 2000 toughened McCain of 2008

Sen. John McCain isn't the same man who first ran for president in 2000. McCain's political beliefs and independent streak that's made him a darling to some and a demon to others remain intact, friends say. But his approach to winning the White House has changed — a shift rooted in the lessons learned from his defeat by then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the 2000 Republican primary in South Carolina.

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