McCain Campaigns in 'Forgotten Places'

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sen. John McCain launched an effort to reach out to minorities and the poor yesterday by traveling to Selma, Ala., saying he will spend the week visiting people who have been ignored by both political parties.

"There must be no forgotten places in America, whether they have been ignored for long years by the sins of indifference and injustice, or have been left behind as the world grew smaller and more economically interdependent," McCain said in prepared remarks. "In America, we have always believed that if the day was a disappointment, we would win tomorrow."

McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is scheduled to visit Appalachia; New Orleans; Youngstown, Ohio; and Little Rock as part of a week-long trip designed to make sure the GOP does not cede the issue of compassion to the Democrats.

The Democratic National Committee released an ad over the weekend aimed at pushing back on that issue. The ad mocks McCain for suggesting that Americans are better off after more than seven years with President Bush.

"John McCain is ignoring the reality that families are facing as they try to keep their homes, put food on the table and find a good job," said DNC Chairman Howard Dean. "His answer to their concerns is more of the same deficit spending and billionaire tax giveaways."

-- Michael D. Shear

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