DENVER (CNN) – Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, is traveling to the nation of Georgia, which has seen intense fighting with Russian forces over the past month, her husband said Monday.
John McCain announced the trip at a fundraiser in Sacramento, California, telling the crowd, “Cindy is not here today, and I am sorry she is not, but she is on her way to the little country of Georgia.”
The wife of the Arizona senator will return on Wednesday, CNN's Dana Bash reported.
Cindy McCain is traveling with the U.N.'s World Food Program and plans to meet with Georgian President Mikheil Sakaashvili as well as wounded Georgian soldiers, a McCain campaign aide told CNN. She is also scheduled to meet with members of the HALO Trust, a group aimed at removing landmines.
In preparation for leaving, Cindy McCain told Time magazine: "There's a very serious landmine issue now, because there are landmines being laid as we speak."
(CNN)—The ONE campaign released a star-studded pre-convention ad Thursday, featuring Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain, the wives of both presumptive presidential nominees.
The 30-second spot, ‘'Voices,’ stars actor Matt Damon, who has traveled with the ONE campaign to Africa two times. As the ad progresses, Damon remains on camera, but his voice is replaced by those of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Michelle Obama, Cindy McCain, as well as average Americans.
"“Thanks to everyday Americans who chose to make a difference millions of lives have been saved in the world’s poorest countries,” Damon says. “But there’s still more to do,” Cindy McCain adds. “Please join the millions of Americans from every party,” Damon continues. “Who are coming together as ONE,” says Michelle Obama.
The nearly $2 million ad campaign emphasizes the need for the United States to be educated and involved in helping some of the world's most deprived countries.
Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain have been active supporters of the campaign's mission. In July, Mrs. McCain joined the ONE Campaign on a trip to Rwanda, visiting health clinics, and an orphanage.
The ad will hit the airwaves Sunday, August 24 on cable and entertainment channels.
Full script after the jump
(CNN) - Cindy McCain visited a Michigan hospital after a campaign event Wednesday, complaining of pain in her hand.
"At some point during the rope line an enthusiastic supporter shook Mrs. McCain’s hand and exacerbated an existing carpal tunnel condition,” said spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker. “Out of an abundance of caution, she decided to leave the event and visit the local hospital for x-rays where she was treated for a minor sprain."
UPDATE: The campaign reports that Cindy McCain will return to active campaigning on Thursday.
Cindy McCain, who has a brace on her right arm, told reporters she was "fine." Her husband said Wednesday afternoon that someone shook her hand "too vigorously."
(CNN) - As Sen. Barack Obama prepares to head overseas, attention is turning to what his rival Sen. John McCain plans to do to hold the public's attention during Obama's much anticipated trip.
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Chief National Correspondent John King breaks down how Sen. Obama's policy on Iraq is likely to be received by leaders in Europe and the Middle East.
Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a closer look at whether McCain is ripping a page from the political playbook of former President Bill Clinton.
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(CNN)—Barack Obama blamed the 'conservative press' Wednesday for negative attacks on his wife Michelle.
In the latest NYT/CBS Poll, released this week, Michelle Obama is viewed in a favorable light by 29 percent of those questioned and unfavorably by 16 percent. Cindy McCain, wife of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain is viewed favorably by 18 percent and unfavorably by 8 percent.
Both presumptive nominees have urged media outlets to avoid bringing their wives into the battle for the White House
“[Our wives] should be treated with respect and if there's any disrespectful conduct on the part of anyone, those people should be rejected,” McCain told CNN last month.
Obama emphasized the plea in the interview released Wednesday, saying his wife and Cindy McCain are not fair game because “essentially, spouses are civilians. If you start being subjected to rants..day in day out, that’ll drive up your negatives.”
(CNN)–Cindy McCain, a lifelong racing fan, spent her Saturday taking a spin around the track at the Indy Car race in Nashville, Tennessee. In a CNN exclusive, CNN's Brianna Keilar sits down with the wife of presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, to discuss their mutual love of car racing and the side of the potential first lady that most voters haven't seen yet.
(CNN)— Cindy McCain said Monday she will make a humanitarian trip to Rwanda next week.
The wife of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain plans to spend four days on the ground in the war-torn African nation on a trip organized by the non-partisan ONE campaign, as part of a group visiting USAID health clinics, schools, and an orphanage. Former Senator Tom Daschle will be joining the trip on behalf of Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign.
Daschle and former Senator Bill Frist are co-chairmen of the group’s ONE Vote ‘08 initiative.
Last month, Cindy McCain – who has long been involved with international relief organizations - made a similar journey to Vietnam with Operation SMILE.
WASHINGTON (CNN)—Barack Obama officially opted out of public financing for the general election Monday, leaving him the option of raising unlimited campaign cash. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley has the details on how Obama came to the decision, and what this means for John McCain.
CNN’s Dana Bash reports on John McCain’s first-hand look at the floods that ripped through Iowa, on a trip that coincided with President Bush’s visit to the state.
While visiting Vietnam to promote Operation Smile, Cindy McCain sat down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chief National Correspondent John King. During the interview, she explains why she thinks she and Michelle Obama should be off-limits.
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(CNN) - Cindy McCain, wife of John McCain, said Thursday the spouses of the presidential candidates should be allowed to have some privacy.
"I do not think that spouses and family members ... are fair game," she told CNN's John King.
"There has to be some decorum left in politics and in American journalism as well. Our husbands are the candidates," she said.
Watch Cindy McCain entire interview on The Situation Room, beginning at 4 p.m. ET
(CNN) - As the presidential campaigns of John McCain and Barack Obama tangle over which is unfairly dragging the prospective first ladies into the general election battle, Cindy McCain sent a signal this morning that she’s not about to step out of the fray.
The wife of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain stood behind her initial response to Democratic counterpart Michelle Obama’s comment that for the first time she was “really proud” of her country. She told CNN’s John King that her own remark – that she had “always” been proud of her country – had been a spontaneous response, not a planned attack.
“I’m an emotional woman when it comes to service to our country. I’ve watched many people’s children leave and go serve,” she said. “This is something that is the fiber of the McCain family. It was nothing more than me just saying, look, I believe in this country so strongly.”
“I think [Obama is] a fine woman and a good mother” but that both women were just “in an interesting line of work right now.”
Watch King’s full interview on The Situation Room at 4 p.m. ET