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Posted on Mar 21, 2008 in Across the US, Beltway Politics, Campaign '08, Congress, International, Party Politics

Campaigning all over the world, McCain 08′ World Tour Continues

Monday Iraq, Wednesday Israel, today England and soon France; all part of the McCain 08′ World Tour, featuring special guests Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham.

In all seriousness, I have no doubts that this trip is relevant to their positions on the Senate Armed Services Committee, but at the same time this trip has given McCain a great opportunity to show the world that the Republican Party isn’t just composed of President Bush.

From Senator McCain’s latest stop in London, England, via CNN.com:

LONDON, England (CNN) — President Bush is still firmly in the White House, but Sen. John McCain was busy presenting the new face of Republican America to the world this week.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has been burnishing his worldwide image, first stopping in Iraq, his eighth visit, then Jordan and Israel.

Thursday it was photo-op time — and some discussions — with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street in London. On Friday he heads to France to meet with French President Sarkozy

It’s been the perfect opportunity for the Republican heir-apparent to stack up some credits as international statesman while the Democrats are still squabbling over their nominee.

Officially McCain was touring as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He came out of Downing Street with his co-members Sens. Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham.

Of course, when the Republican nominee for the President of the United States is traveling abroad with his friends/Senate colleagues/supporters, it was inevitable that there would be some campaign conversation ignited.

But there was no doubt who was the focus of the trip. And in case the British media hadn’t appreciated the message, Lieberman, who was the vice presidential candidate for the Democrats in 2000, was happy to help with the with public relations.

“Sen. McCain is a consistent and steadfast internationalist on matters both diplomatic and economic and environmental,” Lieberman said. “He is also as we say in the U.S. a ‘straight talker.’ “

I can’t think of any Committee trips where members have gone out of their way to illustrate the good character and leadership of another member, of  course, unless they were seeking a higher office.