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Strategy shift boosts McCain

Top aide pushes tougher approach

STEPHEN CROWLEY/NEW YORK TIMES FILE PHOTOJohn McCain with newly promoted adviser Steve Schmidt, who has given the candidate's campaign a sharper focus. STEPHEN CROWLEY/NEW YORK TIMES FILE PHOTOJohn McCain with newly promoted adviser Steve Schmidt, who has given the candidate's campaign a sharper focus. (STEPHEN CROWLEY/NEW YORK TIMES FILE PHOTO)
By Sasha Issenberg
Globe Staff / August 22, 2008

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PHILADELPHIA - As the parties approach their national conventions, Republicans who had effectively conceded the year to Democrats are finding themselves heartened by John McCain's feisty resurgence in his duel with Barack Obama. (Full article: 919 words)

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