Changes in McCain's Staff

John McCain
John McCain

WASHINGTON (AP) - New leadership for John McCain's presidential campaign.

Campaign manager Terry Nelson and chief strategist John Weaver say they've resigned.

But some campaign officials say Nelson, a veteran of President Bush's successful re-election effort in 2004, was fired.

Two officials say longtime McCain aide Rick Davis will take over the campaign.

In a statement, Nelson said he thinks McCain is the most "prepared candidate" among the GOP hopefuls.

And Weaver, in a statement, says he thinks most Americans will come to the conclusion that McCain is the one person "equipped" to serve as chief executive.

McCain had been considered the front-runner, but his fortunes have soured as he embraced President Bush's troop increase in Iraq. And he now has just $2 million in the bank for his second presidential bid.