(CNN) - Sen. John McCain this week begins a bus tour of five states that he says helped shape his views and make him the politician who will carry the GOP torch in the upcoming presidential election.
The presumptive Republican nominee heads to Mississippi on Sunday, where the tour kicks off the following day.
McCain will swing through Virginia, Maryland, Florida and Arizona in the upcoming week.
According to campaign officials, the purpose of the tour is to "introduce John McCain to the American people in an intimate way," and add significance to his "remarkable American tale."
McCain is now trying to style himself as the most attractive option for voters in November, while Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are still in a delegate-by-delegate battle to become their party's nominee.