July 3rd, 2008
03:59 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain: Heavy downpour means things are looking up

McCain, wife Cindy, and Joe Lieberman visited the Basilica of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Thursday.

McCain, wife Cindy, and Joe Lieberman visited the Basilica of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Thursday.

MEXICO CITY (CNN) - News conferences, like baseball games, can sometimes be plagued by rain delays. Just ask John McCain.

The Republican presidential candidate had to stop a session with reporters in Mexico City Thursday afternoon as heavy rain fell at the Ixtapalapa police station. McCain made faces as joked about the weather during the interruption. Reporters then had to gather at the edge of the podium at McCain's feet to hear as his words competed with rain echoing off the metal roof.

Asked if this was the oddest news conference he ever held, McCain said "Certainly the most unusual." He joked that the rain was a result of his visit to the Basilica of the Our Lady of Guadalupe earlier on the day, and he had noted earlier rain is good luck in his home state of Arizona.

Rain issues resolved, McCain discussed the shake-up at the top of his presidential campaign. He called the moves "a natural evolution of our campaign as we become more and more of a nationwide campaign, with increased staff and increased responsibilities."

The Arizona senator called his three-day Latin American swing an excellent visit, saying he is encouraged by U.S. relations with Colombia and Mexico as he was relations with Canada during his visit to that nation last month.

McCain returns to the United States Thursday night, and spends the holiday weekend with his family at their ranch in Sedona, Arizona.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Anita from Arizona

    So when is McCain going to campaign in the country he's running for president in? Just curious...

    July 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    I bet as soon as they left the room, O girl cindy bought out the Advil for the arthritis.

    July 3, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Peter

    I grew up in Arizona. We were thankful when it rained, but never considered it "good luck".

    Frankly, I think these were the tears of Our Lady of Guadalupe who was upset that she was being used as a photo-op.

    July 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. EDW

    McBush is superstitious, so that falls in line with his beliefs. People that are superstitious give little faith in God though...

    July 3, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Travis (in the real world

    That's nice....take a weeks vacation globetrotting....

    THEN TAKE THE WEEKEND OFF.....so this is what senators do.

    His age is showing, he'll sleep all weekend and say he was with his advisors working on a strategy to put the "Flip-Flop Express" back on the road.

    July 3, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Sick of Bush!

    What a ploy to appear presidential! I wonder how many visits he made to Mexico before he ever considered running for president......none?

    His embrace of the Free Trade with Mexico will continue to increase the flow of American jobs to Mexicans getting paid $2/hour or less!!. Great business for the rich and powerful who own those businesses, bad for us American who will lose our jobs!!

    July 3, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. M.S. Indiana

    Amazingly it was not thunder storms and earth quakes coming down on Mexico

    July 3, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Raymond Duke

    McCain is right. when you are at bottom things have to look up. Even though John McCain is by a long shot of being anybodys favorite the more that Obama and the democrats open their mouths and the more that comes out on Obama up goes John McCain.

    July 3, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Glenn

    My gosh! just based on McCain's visit to Eurpoe and Latin America, I have just determined that McCain is now either an expert on Foreign Affairs (NOT) or simply doesn't understand that these foreign nationals can't vote for him. Is't a bit suspicious that the freeing of the hostages (certainly a great thing) coincided with McBush's visit? Wonder if Bush knew in advance of the military action and alerted McBush on the sly to try and make him look successful somewhere in the world? Rove will claim this gives McShame military and foreign affairs credibilty (hahahaha) he so desperately needs.

    July 3, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Phil, FL

    "Rain issues resolved, McCain discussed the shake-up at the top of his presidential campaign"

    I thought discussions of politics were a no-no on foreign soil.

    Guess there are no rules at all for the Geriatric candidate.

    July 3, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. Montana is Obama Country

    I wish it would rain every day until the election just to drown out his voice...!!

    July 3, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. al



    July 3, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. Griff

    And they poured out of Canaan into Egypt?? Yes John, Exodus!!!

    July 3, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. psittacines

    Must have been hard on the old geezer to spend three days in foreign countries doing photo ops. Mostly I think he' rather send cronies out on junkets and sit around at one of his four homes glorying in being a "real presidential candidate...."

    July 3, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |

    **** BREAKING NEWS ****

    President Bush is secretly a spy for the Russian government. Created by a program known as "Red State,” the current president has been under communist control since the early 80's. Red State has worked out to be the single largest espionage effort by a former communist country that has actually been successful.

    The plan, destroy the image of the United States, divide its people, kill off its image as a strong military presence, cripple it's economy and the will of American patriotism.

    Fact: President Bush has had a long lasting friendship since he took office with a former KGB agent; the gentleman in question, Vladimir Putin, was the original architect of "Red State." Mr. Putin, also the former president of the Soviet Union, has been working behind the scenes with other communist governments to overthrow the USA when they looked their weakest. The other countries include, China, Venezuela, and North Korea. Unfortunately, North Korea has folded to pressure and the result is the rise of an unlikely Russian ally, Iran.

    Don't be fooled fellow Americans we cannot let the continued communist influence in our government be the death of our great Nation.

    July 3, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. tedious898

    Raymond....you sir are in serious denial.

    I've been making only one simple statement today about this year's Gen. Election

    Vote for the smart guy! So if American's do that, you do think will win?

    The point being, we've had 7.5 yrs of a guy that couldn't calculate a reasonable process to tie his shoes. This time, it would be best if we have President that is intelligent, smart – you know – different from the guy we have now.

    Oh...do you get teased about your name alot? If so, its really uncalled for and rude. As a matter of coincidence, the 44th president of these United States will have a funny name too! Guess what that will be? You guessed right – President Barack Obama. You see...there's hope for you yet!

    July 3, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. Peter of Oregon

    I've never seen John Keating 5 McCain share a kind moment with his wife. No holding hands... I just see her peering over his shoulder nodding her head.

    July 3, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. chris in va

    Selling us out to the Mexicans now 'eh McShame?

    July 3, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. Mark

    One question when is McCain going to start worrying about our contry rather than others?...you know Economy, War, Jobs, taxes...etc..

    Geee McCain knows how to dodge these issues well!

    July 3, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. Paul in Dallas

    Although I'm voting for Senator Obama I do like Senator McCain very much. I think they are both good men. I like simple stories like this one about Senator McCain because it makes the candidate(s) more human. It's a step away from the stories that bring the absolute worst out of people. I hang my head when I hear "McBush" or "McShame" as much as I do "Obamabots". Most people who post are adults who should know that there are better alternatives than making fun of peoples' names. Whether you like them or not both of these gentlemen are United States senators. I'm sure they have much more respect for each other, even on their worst days, than do so many of their hateful followers have of people they disagree with.

    July 3, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. no obama

    I love McCain, but should he be condoning idolotry like that? This is supposed to be an election for Americans, not our neighbors to the south.

    July 3, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Joker77

    Wow 2 criminal organizations in the same picture. The Catholic church(Molester University) and The Republican Party(Big Oil).

    July 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. skunkrat The Marine

    Mr. Raymond Duke, you are another optimistic FOOL. You spend all of your time waiting SOMETHING TO COME OUT ON Sen, Obama while you should focus on getting Sen McCain to refresh his memory or to start telling the truth. Remind him that he & Sen. Cochran were not alone at that meeting and he is going to look like an old!!!!!! senile fool when other collobarate Sen. Cochran's story. He will instantly become dishonest or a mentally depleted old man. I personally believe that Sen. McCain suffered some major psychological damage while he was a POW.

    July 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. The Surly Scholar


    I may not be a praying man, but it's starting to look like even God is trying to drown out McCain's empty, dated rhetoric by dropping a deluge on him.

    July 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. New Yorker

    Vote for McCain, stay in Iraq and beat back the Islamist radicals, stop Obama the ultra-liberal who will cave to terrorists for lack of understanding of the reality of what's at stake. A vote for Obama is sheer ignorance or lunacy.

    July 3, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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