Sen. McCain and his mother, Roberta.
(CNN)–Santa Claus and presidential politics came together Friday in New Hampshire, when GOP hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and his mother attended a luncheon in Bedford, to kick off this year's 'Santa Fund,' sponsored by the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper.
McCain attended the luncheon with his mother, Roberta. She donated $1,000 to the fund.
According to the paper, the 'Santa Fund' is a drive for the Salvation Army to help provide toys, food, and warm clothing for New Hampshire families in need during the holiday season.
With New Hampshire's position as the first primary in the presidential nominating contest, the paper will also soon draw the eyes of many in the political world, when it makes an endorsement for the January 8, 2008 primary.
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