[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/03/31/mccain.tour/art.mccain.tour.gi.jpg 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."