March 31st, 2008
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McCain tells his story to voters

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Sen. John McCain is on a multistate bus tour through places that he says shaped his views."](CNN) - Sen. John McCain on Monday recalled his family history and patriotic roots as he kicked off a tour to introduce himself to the general electorate.

"I have lived a blessed life, and the first of my blessings was the family I was born into," McCain said.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, speaking in Meridian, Mississippi, focused on how his upbringing and his family's military history shaped his views for the future. (Related video: McCain greets voters in Meridian, Mississippi)

"By all accounts, the McCains of Carroll County were devoted to one another and their traditions; a lively, proud and happy family on the Mississippi Delta," McCain said, describing the area considered his "ancestral home."

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    HILLARY 2008
    everyone else sucks.

    March 31, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |

    HILLARY 2008
    everyone else sucks.

    March 31, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |

    McCain is a fairy compared to Hillary. She is the true choice of the people. She was the only one who opposed the war since the beginning. She is the only one for America. Everyone else can go screw themselves. Really.

    Pissed In Bentonville, AR

    March 31, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Mike

    Congratulations John!!!!

    1st nominee in history to wrap up 2 states before the voting even begins. Florida and Michigan are yours.
    I have met some stupid people in my lifetime but Democrats take the cake. Why don't you all sing cumbaya and watch some more Bill Maher re-runs while we win this election and run this country. While you're at it perhaps re-up your subscription to the Huffington Post.

    March 31, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Reva

    Oh stop playing on our sympathies. We get it. We are very thankful for the service and sacrifices of you, your father and your grandfather in the military. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It doesn't mean you know diddly squat about how to handle the current war or the country.

    March 31, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Karlee


    You didn't read my post closely enough. I DO LIKE MCCAIN, and respect him very much. I just think that Obama will "think outside of the box" of current political gridlock, and I think we do John McCain a great diservice to vote for him out of spite or revenge. On the other hand, if people are whole-heartedly behind McCain and will enthusiastically get behind him, he should get their vote.

    ANYONE who is our President deserves to have the American people firmly behind him/her or that presidency stands little chance of succeeding to its potential. History proves this fact out, even in this current presidency. If the majority of the country was enthusiatically behind Bush, he would be able to get a tremendous amount done. Unfortunately, Bush has very little support, and that fact cripples him as a president.

    If you're behind McCain, I'm not going to ridicule you; I'm glad you have found a candidate you can support "with gusto". But please respect my right to choose the candidate I like, and my right to be able to speak out on his behalf. You don't need to be insulting......

    March 31, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |

    McCain has had a blessed life alright. Did he ever think that the
    search for Power, Property and Prestige would not be a way of
    giving back because he is a taker, not a giver. If he was blessed,
    it will not hurt him to find another path in which to travel than in
    Republican Politics where the rich and blessed take all.

    Hillary and McCain are in it for there own egotistical selves.

    March 31, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Paris

    John McCain is a man of principal and he is the only candidate that doesn’t base his policy on polls.
    Very different from your typical Democrats that only talk base on poll numbers.
    He is what we need at this time.

    March 31, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Uncle Sam

    "It turns out that uniting is not a matter of rhetoric or manner, but of character and courage." McCain '08

    March 31, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Chris, Denver CO

    Please no more GOP lunacy. We need someone to reverse the policies of the last 8 years, not to continue them. Hillary, Obama, anyone but a Republican with more failed neo-con trickle-down borrow-and-waste warmongering nonsense.

    March 31, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Gene


    March 31, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Mike Tacoma, wa

    People keep saying Obama has good judgement guess that is why he stayed at his church for 20years and now says he would have left if Wright hadn't retired. But if he is retired why is he still listed as the head Pastor on their web site?

    March 31, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Texan for Obama

    You can tell Hillary supporters by the tone of their comments: rude and full of lies. How about a little respect for people with different views. I'm so tired of all the gutter tactics and saying ANYTHING just to get people to vote a certain way – and having a total lack of morals. Let's try to keep it civialized and play by the rules. No wonder our country is in the shape it's in.

    March 31, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Paris

    To Democrats, do you know why today we have an IRAN that is supporting terrorism and cussing problem all around the world.
    Because of one man’s mistake President Carter. We are still paying for his mistake in every way.
    Iran’s power and influence is the root cause of most of our problems Meddle East.
    Iran supports, Hamas, Hezbollah and militias in Iraq. We have president Carter to thank for it al.

    The country needs McCain.

    March 31, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Ratgurl

    Wow! I see that a lot of the McCain supporters seem to be racist – or aleast they come off that way. I didn't realize the color of one's skin affected so many people so negatively. And I had such high hopes for this country. Looks like it's still in control of the OLD WHITE MEN.

    March 31, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. James B. New Jersey

    Why do we all think that if necessary anyone of us would risk out lives for our country. The world is becomming a smaller place as technology breaks down new walls. It is time we have a military that defends our intrest not advance the intrest of warmongers and oilmen. I think John McCain is a great American hero. I have family that who faught the same war and I know that kinship that these soldiers share. However, we need to bring our young people home get them out of Iraq finish off Bin Laden and work to contain his successor. The Iraqi government needs to work out their own issues without our money and military support. Diplomacy will change this region not some holy war raged against Islam. Only Obama talks about open diplomacy that is why he is the canidate for me.

    Obama/Bloomberg 2008

    March 31, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. WhosehadEnough

    Still waiting to hear Sen. McCain denounce the President for his vetoing of a bill that would ban waterboarding......He has stated emphatically during Republican Primary debates the "America does not torture".........Maybe Pastor Hagee's giving him some councel.

    March 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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