[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/01/23/mccain.florida.vets/art.mccain.fl.gi.jpg caption="Sen. John McCain talks with supporters during a campaign stop this week in Miami, Florida."]PENSACOLA, Florida (CNN) - For John McCain, northwest Florida is full of memories.
"How proud I am to have gone through pilot training here," the former naval aviator tells a crowd in Pensacola, near a naval air station where he trained decades ago after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy.
The senator from Arizona laughs as he recalls the "various cultural establishments" he visited as a young man and adds: "My entire paycheck every month was dedicated to helping the economy of Pensacola."
- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King