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Official Announcement Tour rolls through S.C.

April 27, 2007

What a day! Yesterday, we drove from Greenville to Columbia to Charleston to enjoy the official announcement tour, and enjoy we did. We planned to live blog from the tour stops, but got swept up in the frenzy and decided to just enjoy the moment and reflect later. But following the Charleston stop we had a long drive ahead and “later” became this morning.

McCain Columbia

Looking back on the day – a day which will have us fired up for months to come – it seems impossible to capture in words just what it was like to be there yesterday, in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston, and to feel the excitement and electricity palpitating through the crowds. Each was unique in composition, yet similar in vivacity.

The only downside was that, at both of the first two stops, we arrived a mere 30 minutes before McCain spoke. We thought that would afford us enough time to find a good spot, but by the time we made our way inside we were stuck in the back of the pack (it wasn’t until Charleston that we were able to get close enough to shake his hand – and that was only because we made sure to get there more than an hour early).

When McCain took the stage, he looked relaxed and refreshed. He greeted the crowds like a young child greeting the Christmas tree for the first time on Christmas morning. As he delivered each of the three speeches, he hit home on numerous points and reminded everyone in the room of the importance of the 2008 presidential election.

More than anything, McCain’s hope for Iraq and the ever-present reminders that “he’s been there,” resonated at each stop. As people exited each of the events, we overheard fleeting snippets of conversations. Words like “common sense,” “hero,” “experience,” and “conservative” were commonplace.

McCain Greenville

And the underlying theme to each event, the one thing that bound the message together more than anything else, however unintentional, was that for John McCain, this is not about winning an election. For John McCain, what truly sets him apart from of the rest of the field, Republican or Democrat, is that 2008 is about saving America.

Inevitably, while America’s future was foremost on everyone’s mind, in the back of their minds almost everyone was hoping for the same thing: a chance to meet Sen. John McCain, even if just for a brief moment.

But while all three speeches were great, these events were so much more. These three events WERE McCain people in the heart of what has become McCain country. These three events were the re-invention of an entire movement.

We have been involved in South Carolina politics for a while now, and we have seen a number of presidential primaries. It is safe to say that we haven’t seen anything like this in a long time; at least not since the 2000 Straight Talk Express stops. The 2008 version is picking up a whole lot of speed and we can’t wait to see what’s at the next stop!

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McCain cancels Lexington event out of respect for Va. Tech tragedy

April 16, 2007

We just received this statement via e-mail from the McCain S.C. campaign regarding Sen. John McCain’s schedule for tomorrow:

Unfortunately, due to the tragic events at Virginia Tech this morning, Senator McCain has decided to cancel his public schedule for Tuesday, April 17th, that includes the Town Hall Meeting previously scheduled for Lexington. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. Senator McCain has asked that we keep the families of those involved in our thoughts and prayers.

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McCain in Florence, Conway

March 10, 2007

Sen. McCain in Florence (03/09/2007 - AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)Sen. John McCain was in Florence Friday night and Conway Saturday morning, speaking to South Carolina Republicans about his 2008 presidential aspirations. McCain addressed his conservative record, illegal immigration and government spending.

“The reason why we lost that election, my dear friends, was because we let spending get out of control,” the Republican senator from Arizona told a breakfast crowd in Conway. “We came to power in 1994 to change government and government changed us.”

“It’s got to stop,” he said of the excesses, which also led to corruption among members of Congress. “We’re going to have to clean up our act.”

But the War in Iraq was chief among concerns addressed by the Arizona Senator.

On the Iraq war, McCain said the “titanic” struggle pits supporters of the nation’s values against those of radical fundamentalism.

“We lose this war and come home, they’ll follow us home,” he said.


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