June 26th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
11 years ago

McCain to meet privately with conservative leaders

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/26/art.mccainmeet.ap.jpg caption=" McCain is meeting with prominent social conservatives."]CINCINNATI, Ohio (CNN) - John McCain has scheduled a private meeting today in Cincinnati with six leaders of the conservative movement in Ohio.

The meeting was added to McCain’s schedule on Thursday morning, but it will remain closed to the press.

McCain will meet with Jack Willke, one of the founders of the National Right to Life Committee; Harvey Hook, a Christian leader from Columbus; Lori Viars, the executive director of the conservative group Family First; Mike Gonidakis, executive director of Ohio Right to Life; Phil Burress, an ardent opponent of gay marriage and president of Citizens for Community Values, an Ohio affiliate of Focus on the Family; and Chris Long, president of the Ohio Christian Alliance.

Watch: McCain reaches out to conservatives

McCain is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting at Xavier University at noon, and later in the day he will hold a fundraiser at a private home in the upscale Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill.

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soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. J.R.

    Maybe God can help him get elected.

    June 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Mark

    What ever happend for the people by the people. We all know this isnt for the people

    June 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Kris

    Religion and politics should never mix. Isnt that how the country was founded?

    June 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. DM, Arlington TX

    Well let say it for what it is? This man is and always will operate behind closed doors.....

    June 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Perhaps, the hard-core ultra conservatives will question McCain about the trillions he has helped squander. They might even ask McCain about his support for millions of illegal immigrants and their use of identity theft and fraudulent documents.

    June 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Nia - AZ

    Looking to get his next plan of action since he seems to be led by them and not his own positions

    June 26, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Robert

    Looks like he will be in 'good' company. McCain 2 weeks ago: I never loved my country till I was deprived of her'. McCain yesterday: 'My whole life, I have put my country first'. WATCH HIS LIPS!

    June 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to Tom:

    Until Obama hit the national scene, Wright and Pfleger were not national news.

    How about Falwell, Robertson, Dobson, etc., who had/have the national stage and regularly manipulate voters by, for example, blaming 9/11 on God's anger against gays, liberals, etc.?!

    June 26, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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