AMES: Not So Fast, Sen. McCain

We know Sen. John McCain won't show at Ames, but this morning, Mr. McCain took his skedaddling one step further: he claims he never intended to participate in the straw poll.

Well, his former campaign manager, Terry Nelson, and former chief strategist, John Weaver, would disagree. And when McCain announced his Iowa state leadership team, here is how the campaign's press release characterized their expertise: "The influential state leadership team will continue to build Senator McCain's Iowa organization in preparation for the Iowa Straw Poll and Iowa Caucus."