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McCain Is Looking for a Veep

John McCain gives a speech in Annapolis. He told Don Imus he would prefer to pick a running mate well before the Republican National Convention in September.
John McCain gives a speech in Annapolis. He told Don Imus he would prefer to pick a running mate well before the Republican National Convention in September. (By Kevin Clark -- The Washington Post)
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Thursday, April 3, 2008

'GETTING TOGETHER A LIST'

McCain Is Looking for a Veep

ANNAPOLIS -- John McCain said Wednesday that he is "getting together a list" of names to be his running mate, but he said the process is in its early stages.

Talking to shock jock Don Imus, McCain said he would prefer to choose a running mate well before the Republican National Convention in September to avoid last-minute "mistakes that I've seen made in the past as you get into a time crunch." McCain, who is 71, added that he understood the "enhanced importance of this issue given my age."

Later, McCain made the third stop in his a week-long tour to remind voters of his personal background -- in this case his graduation from the Naval Academy. For the event, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, capacity 35,000, McCain's campaign had set up 64 chairs in a small corner of the stadium.

A cold wind whipped across the empty stadium grounds as McCain decried the "corrosive cynicism" of our time and said that Americans had lost a sense of citizenship. He said he hoped that Americans would again commit themselves to service to the country, either in the military or by working for government.

"Although it exists apart from government, citizenship is the habits and institutions that preserve democracy," he said. "It is the ways, small and large, we come together to govern ourselves. Citizenship is the responsible exercise of freedom, and is indispensable to the functioning of a democracy."

-- Michael D. Shear

A TASTE OF PHILADELPHIA

Obama Savors Gourmet Pork

PHILADELPHIA -- Barack Obama doesn't eat much. He's skinny, as he often describes himself, and he's actually lost weight on the campaign trail.

But during a walking tour Wednesday morning of the Italian Market here, Obama ate, and ate, and ate some more. In Claudio Specialty Food, Obama perused the cheese selection, bit into a slice of provolone and dropped a thin slice of salami into his mouth. Owner Sal Auriemma wrapped up a quarter-pound of salami, provolone, mozzarella and baked ricotta for the senator.


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