His campaign insists that he intends to fully compete in Iowa, but a glance at Sen. John McCain's tentative schedule for the next 30 days suggests he trolling for votes where the pastures are greener.

McCain plans to campaign in Iowa next week -- and then as little as one more day between now and the end of the month. In contrast, he will spend at least ten full days in New Hampshire and eight days in South Carolina. (McCain is in South Carolina today and has a five-day bus tour planned for next week in New Hampshire).

Aides stressed that the schedule was in draft mode. But McCain acknowledged to reporters yesterday that "there is a lot of work to do" in Iowa. And not much time.

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