August 25th, 2008
02:32 PM ET
9 years ago

Cindy McCain heading to Georgia

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Cindy McCain is en route to the nation of Georgia."]
DENVER (CNN) – Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, is traveling to the nation of Georgia, which has seen intense fighting with Russian forces over the past month, her husband said Monday.

John McCain announced the trip at a fundraiser in Sacramento, California, telling the crowd, “Cindy is not here today, and I am sorry she is not, but she is on her way to the little country of Georgia.”

The wife of the Arizona senator will return on Wednesday, CNN's Dana Bash reported.

Cindy McCain is traveling with the U.N.'s World Food Program and plans to meet with Georgian President Mikheil Sakaashvili as well as wounded Georgian soldiers, a McCain campaign aide told CNN. She is also scheduled to meet with members of the HALO Trust, a group aimed at removing landmines.

In preparation for leaving, Cindy McCain told Time magazine: "There's a very serious landmine issue now, because there are landmines being laid as we speak."

"There's a whole bunch of things going on right now, and as we begin to move refugees from point A to point B or try to feed refugees who are stuck in pockets around the country, we're now running into the issue of the blowing up of humanitarian vehicles that are trying to get to the refugees. So it's a whole morass of problems now," she said.

McCain’s departure comes on the same day Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, will address the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

Both McCains were in Georgia last year. Cindy McCain told Time her work on missions abroad was "an important part of what I'm about, what makes me tick."

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soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Plugged-in

    Cindy is going to Georgia for a photo opportunity. How much of her millions is she donating to help the poor people of Georgia? Nothing.

    August 25, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. Earl

    My goodness....Dear Cindy I see you healed this week.

    Are you fit for travel?....I'm so impressed how fast you recovered from

    that nasty man that shook your hand so hard...Where was your Secret

    Service protection?

    Don't be shaking hands over there in Georgia, a kiss on each cheek

    will suffice. Hurry home for Big Bad (the Maverick)Johns birthday.

    Miss ya....take lots of pictures

    August 25, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Sherry, Atlanta


    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    August 25, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Ron

    Does Sen. McCain think he's won the election already? Does he think Cindy is the first lady? Why is this news? She's just a private citizen sticking her nose in someplace she cannot possibly do any good. Talk about presumptious....sheesh.

    August 25, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    Man.........Cindy is going to be bummed when she gets off the plane and no one is whistling Dixie.

    August 25, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |

    NO HRC -NO obama.

    August 25, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. LN/NY

    Talk about patriotism abroad. These McCains got a lot of nerve.

    Why do Americans need to care about this womans charity abroad, along with her housband who supported the war and 8 years of Bush's economy.

    McCain sat in washington pushing papers and doing nothing for the everyday folks and now he thinks he's going to be president.?

    It is good to have great thoughts. He may forget it in a minute though.

    August 25, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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