07/20/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

McCain's Conservative Model: Theodore Roosevelt

Senator John McCain in a wide-ranging interview called for a government that is frugal but more active than many conservatives might prefer. He said government should play an important role in areas like addressing climate change, regulating campaign finance and taking care of "those in America who cannot take care of themselves."

"I count myself as a conservative Republican, yet I view it to a large degree in the Theodore Roosevelt mold," Mr. McCain said, referring to Roosevelt's reputation for reform, environmentalism and tough foreign policy.

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