TOLEDO, Ohio (CNN)- The Ohio native that Senator John McCain made a star this week did not attend either of McCain's Ohio rallies on Sunday.
CNN’s Dana Bash talked to Joe 'the plumber' Wurzelbacher’s brother, Robert, who said that McCain did invite his sibling to the Toledo rally but Joe was already committed to going to New York to be on former presidential candidate and now FOX News host Mike Huckabee’s show.
Robert Wurzelbacher did say it is possible that his brother may end up with McCain on the stump some time soon. McCain is scheduled be in Ohio again on Wednesday.
At the afternoon rally, the Arizona Senator did give a nod to Joe’s hometown heritage.
“I thought I did pretty well but let's have some straight talk: the real winner this week was one of Toledo’s own: Joe 'the Plumber,'” said McCain. “You know the reason why Joe won, is because he's the only person to get a real answer out of Senator Obama about his plans for our country. Congratulations to Joe.”
At both events Sunday, the Arizona Senator acknowledged small business owners on the stump and ask them to raise their hands to be appreciated by the crowd. Previously this is something he had only done with military veterans.
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (CNN) - John McCain may have expected immigration to be the hot topic in this New Mexico community, less than 50 miles from the border.
But curiosity over the vice presidential search is as high here as in the media. At a town hall Wednesday, one of the very first questioners asked McCain, " I heard a rumor that you're going to pick a pro-life VP, is that true?"
The presumptive GOP nominee gave his usual answer about the campaign still going through the process of picking the vice presidential nominee while emphasizing his prolife credentials.
"I respect the views of others but I also happen to believe that the noblest words ever written, in history, were those that said, we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all of us are created equal, and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," he said. Then he added to applause from the audience," I think that life applies to those that are not born as well as those that are born."
(CNN) - John McCain had a mole-like growth removed Monday from his temple, the McCain campaign said.
Doctors did not think the growth was cause for concern, but it was removed as a precautionary measure, the campaign said. It was noticed during McCain's standard three-month checkup and a biopsy on the mole was planned.
McCain was wearing a bandage on his face as a result of the procedure, but has since removed it.
McCain has had four malignant melanomas removed in the past. Three of them - on his left shoulder, left arm and left nasal wall - were limited to the top skin layer and were not invasive. They were removed in 1993, 2000 and 2002, and all were declared Stage 0, of little long-term concern.
But a fourth melanoma proved to be invasive and was removed from his left lower temple in 2000. He has since been cancer-free.
UPDATE: Speaking with reporters Monday, McCain said he is confident the removed mole is nothing major.
"As I do every three months, [I] visited my dermatologist this morning, she said I was doing fine, took a small little nick from my cheek, as she does regularly, and that will be biopsied, just to make sure that everything is fine," he said.
(CNN) - John McCain criticized Barack Obama on Friday for appearing to backtrack from a previous commitment to accept public financing - and the spending caps that come with it - for his presidential campaign.
"He committed to it," McCain told reporters Friday. "So in direct contradiction to his rhetoric, he’s now saying well he may not do it. So facts are facts. Facts are stubborn things." "I repeat my commitment to public financing if he will, and I call on him to keep his commitment that he made a year ago, and not flip flop," McCain also said.
The Arizona Republican's comments are in reference to those made by Obama earlier in the day, when he called America's public financing system "creaky" and suggested it need to be updated in light of the rise of internet fundraising.
"I think that it is creaky," Obama said of the current system that is financed by $3 dollar check-offs in tax returns. "The amount of money raised through the public financing system may be substantially lower than the amount of money that can be raised over the Internet, which presents candidates then with some pretty tough decisions in terms of how they want to move forward if they want to compete in as many states as possible."
Obama has raised over $230 million from about 1.3 million donors on the internet since his campaign began last year. McCain has raised approximately $80 million in the same time period. Should Obama accept public financing, he would be granted $84 million by the federal government and would be unable to spend any more, according to the Associated Press.