July 24th, 2008
08:36 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain to host political allies at his Arizona cabin

McCain, who made a stop at a Pennsylvania supermarket Wednesday, will host political allies at his Arizona ranch this weekend.
McCain, who made a stop at a Pennsylvania supermarket Wednesday, will host political allies at his Arizona ranch this weekend.

(CNN) - Aides to John McCain tell CNN that the presumptive Republican nominee will host a group of political allies and fundraisers from around the country this weekend at his cabin outside Sedona, Arizona.

As many as 75 people are expected to attend a barbeque at McCain's home Saturday.

The attendees will also get meetings and briefings from staff, including campaign manager Rick Davis, Saturday morning at a nearby Sedona resort where most will stay.

Watch: McCain goes grocery shopping with a Pennsylvania family

McCain often uses his creek-side cabin to hold intimate political events in a relaxed setting. He told reporters he hosted there this spring that making ribs on his large grill is one of his only means of relaxation.

A few months ago he hosted a group that included several would-be running mates and their wives. It was at that event that McCain says he and his wife Cindy really got to know, and like, his former rival Mitt Romney and his wife Ann.


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soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Dave in Saint Louis

    Calling McCain old is like calling Obama black! Both have no place in this election!

    July 24, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. aaa

    mccain is a looser and war addict!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Lesley

    This reminds me of Michael Dukakis riding in the tank. So out of it.

    July 24, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Remy

    He better retire for the GOOD of all people in the same cabin!

    July 24, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Nikki

    McCain's campaign is absolutely clueless with regard to prioritizing, campaigning, and conveying a persuasive message. They had ample opportunity this week to discuss McCain's economic agenda (or lack thereof) while Obama's on a world tour. Rather than using this time wisely, they decided to attack the press for unequal coverage, use an unthoughtful attack against Obama about the holocaust, distort Obama's acknowledgements of the Surge, poorly handle the new definition of the "Surge", mix up the sequence of events in Iraq with regard to the Surge, cancel their press conference, and ride around in a golf cart with Bush, Sr.

    July 24, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. DrFill

    We have The Best of Andy Griffith playing in the guest room.
    How to Avoid Bedsores seminar in the Veranda
    And Parcheesi and Bingo tourneys until bedtime (7PM)
    DrFill

    July 24, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Janey for McCain

    This man is down to earth! I love the humble photo–at least he has a sense of humor–he knows the kool-aid drinkers will compare him to the Golden CNN Guy and will be pleased! Go John–2008

    July 24, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. nona

    veteran for McCain sounds like you've been getting your snoop dogg on

    July 24, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. steve

    McCain and the Double Talk Express

    July 24, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Desmond Sequeira

    Secret Mr. McCain plans to share with allies: Let's all vote for OBAMA. It is the only thing that makes sense.

    July 24, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Al, NY NY

    Maybe the Botoxed barbie Doll will serve tea and cookies like a good Republican wife does. On the other hand, being she's a "beer Baroness" she'll have her house attendants (legal immigrants??) do all the work while she sits there and stares adoringly (sickeningly) at John

    July 24, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. patricia Mo

    There is nothing wrong with John McCain doing what hs is doing for his campaign. It is obvious Ms Fat Wallet Oprah isn't going to throw any change in McCains direction. Maybe McCain isn't the only one with a dream have you thought of that? Let the man do what he has to do. As far as the grocery store scene, I think it's great that he is looking at things closer to home that is affecting families finacial today.

    July 24, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. James Hussein, SC

    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge

    July 24, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Nando, Florida

    OK like he really cares with his BILLIONARE wife and 9 Homes . GET HELL OUT OF HERE CNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. ANOTHER REPUBLICAN FOR OBAMA

    When is the last time McCain was ever in a grocery store?

    July 24, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    McCain may as well go grocery-shopping! He will accomplish more than he will when running for President! LOL!

    July 24, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Peter of Oregon

    I'm laughing out loud here as I see him posing in front of the "Dairy Delight" sign. I'm John Keating 5 McCain intollerant, but I love the picture from the dairy aisle.

    Now... I go back to watching Obama's important speach in Berlin, Germany.

    July 24, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Sen. McCheese (formerly mayor) has his sights set on the White House!

    July 24, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Obama/Hillary 08

    Obama experience will get US ahead again in the world.
    He is the man for the job; the best one. you get experience by doing a job with this say neither McCain or Obama have been president before so none of them have that experience. This nonsense that Obama has no experience need to stop because Mccain has none as well. United States of America for Barack Obama

    July 24, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Joy, MI

    Let's give McCain a break. He really didn't think he had to work this hard. He thought he could just trot out the old photos of his military service and that would be it. Grocery store shopping and all that other stuff is for the birds, expecially when he has corporate backers, and his wife to finance his campaign.

    He's old, and he's tired and he wants Barack to come home and stop being a superstar. WHAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    He's not complaining now, no not complaining.

    July 24, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Please Note:

    MCCAIN: ‘I RECEIVED THE HIGHEST AWARD FROM LITERALLY EVERY VETERANS ORGANIZATION IN AMERICA"

    Hold on there big boy.....

    The recognition McCain has received from veterans groups is not "high awards" but FAILING GRADES:

    IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA GAVE MCCAIN A GRADE OF D FOR HIS RECORD OF VOTING AGAINST VETERANS. (By contrast, Obama got a B+.)

    DISABLED VETERANS OF AMERICA NOTED MCCAIN’S DISMAL 20 PERCENT VOTING RECORD ON VETERANS’ ISSUES. (Obama had an 80 percent.)

    IN A LIST OF "KEY VOTES," VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA (VVA) NOTES MCCAIN "VOTED AGAINST US" 15 TIMES AND "VOTED FOR US" ONLY 8. (Obama voted for VVA 12 times, and against only once.)

    Vietnam POW Activists Called McCain ‘Songbird’ and ‘Manchurian Candidate’ We aren’t talking about a bunch of republican paid and funded operatives, we’re talking about all those who had to suffer at the hands of the Cong while McCain received special treatment.
    Sequentially, integrity is what I look for in someone running for President. Self-aggrandizement without end is a characteristic flaw that cannot be overlook in anyone running for that same position.

    Some Vet's might have forgotten, I haven't.

    July 24, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Jewel, CA

    Please, I'll watch paint dry, anything but more photos of John McSame campaigning. We get it John, go home.

    We'll post your photos in places that we think you would go, if you were a regular guy and not a millionaire Senator who has been in Congress for over 20 years, with eight houses, and a private plane. Yeah, we get it–you can go home and rest now. Send the help out to buy your groceries, as you always do.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. lovable liberal

    Duhbya has his photo-op ranch. McSame has his "cabin". The Gilded Age had cottages in Newport, RI, with dozens of rooms and staffs of a hundred.

    Do you get it yet?

    July 24, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    McCain,

    Would you like some CHEESE with your Whine??

    July 24, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Veteran for McCain

    English Teacher – you are correct. I chosse the wrong form of the word discriminate. Chalk it up to trying to type as fast as you can and submit it before they close the comments!! :)

    To some of the other replies, I realize that everyone gets old, but not everyone gets black. That's not the point. We should be treating all of our leaders with some respect. I don't agree with Obama on every issue but I respect who he is and the fact that he's doing what he thinks is best for our country. Nothing wrong with that. The same goes for McCain. Yes he's in his early 70's, that's really not that old everyone. I think he's got the best interests for our country at heart and is ready to do the job of President. Will he run for re-election in 2012 maybe/maybe not, but he will definately be able to serve the first 4 years. Critique his decisions or policies, but leave him as a man alone.

    July 24, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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