Associated Press - January 8, 2008 10:03 PM ET
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - To the chants of "Mac is back," Arizona Senator John McCain has appeared before cheering supporters to claim victory in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.
Echoing comments he'd made earlier in an interview with The Associated Press, the 71-year-old McCain said he's past the age when he can claim the word "kid." But tonight, he said, "We sure showed them what a comeback looks like."
McCain's victory is a stunning comeback for a candidate who was all but written off last summer. The four-term senator says his strategy in New Hampshire was simply telling people what he believed, and what he felt was the truth.
McCain said that tonight is "a first step toward repairing the broken politics of the past and restoring the trust of the American people in their government."
Looking forward to the next contest, McCain said: "We celebrate one victory tonight and leave for Michigan to win another."