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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2004 12:16 pm | Updated: 5:08 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

July 27, 2004

Talk about a tough sell.

Sen. Jon Corzine's job as head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is to get Democratic Senators elected.

So the New Jersey Democrat would seem an unlikely speaker for the morning gathering of Arizona delegates Tuesday.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., commands such high public approval ratings in Arizona that he would seem invincible. He is generally as well regarded by Democrats in the state as Republicans, if not more so.

In fact, McCain was approached by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who is about to be formally made the party's choice for the presidency, about the prospect of joining the ticket as Kerry's vice-presidential running mate.

So what is Corzine doing preaching to the Arizona delegation about replacing Republican incumbents?

“John McCain's a little tough,” Corzine said. “Sen. McCain is not a likely choice to try to go after. Frankly, I think there's a place in politics for Republicans and Democrats, and I happen to think that Sen. McCain is a class act. He represents Arizona well but he also represents America well.”

Corzine could not name the Democrat who is challenging McCain. It's Stu Starky of Phoenix, by the way.

So what is Corzine doing trying to whip up the Arizona Democrats? He's looking ahead two years, when Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., comes up for re-election.

“If Sen. Kyl were the candidate this year you would have a very aggressive challenge to him, and I expect one in 2006,” Corzine said.

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