April 22nd, 2008
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McCain tour seeks to put more states in play

 Sen. John McCain speaks to supporters at a rally in Selma, Alabama on Monday.
Sen. John McCain speaks to supporters at a rally in Selma, Alabama on Monday.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain launched his week-long journey to poverty-stricken areas of the nation Monday with language that would have been at home in any Democratic stump speech.

And it came at a location - the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama - that is inextricably identified with a top congressional Democrat, Georgia Rep. John Lewis.

"I've seen courage in action on many occasions in my life, but none any greater or used for any better purpose than the courage shown by John Lewis and the good people who marched for justice with him," said McCain.

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  1. Obama is a GODSEND

    No Country for Old Men!

    April 22, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Jim

    I believes me and my common law wife is representating the average Clinton voter. Bill and Henllarry is good ol down to earth folk likes me and the misses. If’n you all wana get real good president for the good ol U.S. of A. then get on down to yer voting house and vote fer Henllarry and her husband. Them some good ol folks. Bill and Henllary in 1908!!!

    April 22, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Jo Ann

    McCain could care less about these people or states if it was not for
    the elections. He is 71 years old have had plenty of time to travel and let the good folks know how he him. He is such a phony and I just hope America can see through all of this . He only apologize for not voting for MLK day for his state because he wants the votes. People see this for what it is.

    April 22, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    McCain is an honorable man. Best of all, he doesn't have Pill Clinton in his campaign !!!

    April 22, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Veterans Against McCain

    Please see our website: Vietnam Veterans against Mccain

    April 22, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Veterans For Obama

    Pay back the 5 planes you lost. Not a hero in my book!

    April 22, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Obama will be President

    Shouldn't he be wearing a hat in the sun? I'm just saying with his recurring skin cancer and all.

    April 22, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Carl

    The last "non typical" republican was Ronald Reagan... who reached to both parties for support and showed how working together can make our country great.

    What we need is a president like this. Obama refuses to talk with republicans, and Hillary has done little.

    At least McCain is willing to work together with people he doesn't agree with on issues. The smug, arrogrance I read on these boards suggests a great many of you do not care one bit about another person's opinion or view other than your own...

    April 22, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Stacy Clarks, TX

    im so over the hype about mccain.....NEXT!!

    OBAMA08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Hannah, GA

    More photo opps you mean. Have you ever noticed that Republicans and Hillary go out of their way to find a black person to stand behind them when they're in front of the cameras. This is a ploy to make them look "inclusive". It won't work, the American people, especially minorities are on to your tacky, despicable tactics.

    Obama 08

    April 22, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. NoHillary

    What's this? Does he plan on making Iraq a US state now?

    April 22, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    McCain–has always recognized couragious morally forethright acts, and has tried to handle himself as a man in the same manner. That is why so many men/women from both political parties respect and admire him.

    It's a good thing in the prelude to the national elections that he reach out to people of all communities–particularly the communities not typically visited by a Republican to show them he is a man who can be counted to do what is morally right, ethically true to his nature, and right for all Americans in the present and in the future.

    Clearly, his actions and vision of America in the future–is more realistic and in tune with the values of a majority of Americans. He'll have no problem in November.

    April 22, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Hillary

    Go away Mcsame no body is going to fall the 1930's old politics. You are too old.

    April 22, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Ian

    Great, so while Hillary drags the Democratic Party into the mud, McCain can establish a ground game.

    April 22, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    MCWAR HAS BEEN REBUILDING IRAQ AT 50 BILLION A MONTH

    OR SO FOR OVER 5 YEARS, BUT LOUISIANA & THE REST OF OUR

    NATION NOT IN HIS BUDGET, WHICH HE PROBABLY CANT READ

    ANYWAY. AS HE STATED HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND ECONOMICS.

    HE DOESN'T HAVE TO, HE IS TOO BUSY SPENDING OUR MONEY.

    April 22, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. 100 Million Dollar Boy

    A Republican in a poverty-stricken community, this really is silly season.

    This 100 million dollar man is WAY out of his element, and will do anything to pretend he "feels the pain". He can go back to Barbie Doll and all of their millions, and stop trying to fool the American people. We are on to you Daddy Moneybags, and your stupid war.

    April 22, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Ernest

    Thank you, but no thanks.

    April 22, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Matt, Nebraska

    While the democrats wallow in the mud, McCain is out being presidential.

    The best thing for this country would be to elect John McCain president and end the bitter divisiveness the democrats have represented the past 8 years.

    McCain '08!!!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Scott, Wichita

    Yet again, we see how McCain benefits from the Democrats incessant squabbling

    Just watch, come time for the general election, campaigning in Pennsylvania will be amazing to watch:

    "Obama/Clinton (whichever wins) get out of here, we had enough of you when you were infesting our state in April"

    And all this time, McCain gets to appeal to the voters who are starting to get fed up with the fight. It doesn't matter that the news still only reports on him half as much as either candidate, he's out doing what needs to be done to win another so-called "impossible" election

    April 22, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    MAYBE SOME OF OUR CITIES SHOULD CHANGE THEIR

    NAMES TO CITIES IN IRAQ. THEY WOULD GET MORE AID.

    April 22, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    This elitist has no clue what the average man/woman has to go through in life.

    He is a poster boy for the Corporatocracy that lords over us.

    Obama/Nunn in 2008!

    April 22, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Patrick

    McCain will be competitive in almost every state in the country. His policy and history appeal to independent voters like myself. Republicans definitely got lucky picking him as their candidate, I believe he was the only candidate they could have offered that would have made this election close. Who he picks as his VP will be very important.

    April 22, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. proud army and navy mom

    be careful mccain, you might get accused of having a child by a black woman, just like Bush did in the 2000 election.

    April 22, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. honkey white guy from cali

    I feel so sad for him. He has tried so many time to get this job and he really stand no chance this time ! The Republicans will regret putting up such a weak candidate! He does not know the economy any more than Bush,Wants to keep the war machine going! He would be better than bush only in that a field mouse or a chimp would be better than Bush.

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    Bitter _issed off American!

    April 22, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Really?

    McCain better tend to his own house before he starts a general election strategy. He can't win with independents, but without conservative support. This is dumb.

    April 22, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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