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Posted on Apr 4, 2008 in Across the US, Beltway Politics, Campaign '08, Congress

What is the point of McCain’s Bio Tour?

I read an article today on discussing Senator John McCain’s latest tour, this time one that chronicles his history, showing the American people what places, people and events shaped the person we see today.

However, it appears that there are some (even some Republicans) who have mixed feelings about how Senator McCain is spending valuable campaign time.


A student in the crowd asked him, “We’re told this isn’t a political event, so what exactly is your purpose in being here?”

McCain shot back, “I knew I should have cut this thing off. This meeting is over.”

Republicans who CNN contacted said they have mixed feelings about whether this is the best use of McCain’s time.

But even some of McCain’s GOP detractors said local media coverage in battleground states makes the tour a good investment.

“McCain being out there sort of under the radar in local communities, meeting new people, talking about himself and his record while they’re fighting and bickering is a very good position for him,” said Greg Mueller, a GOP consultant.

Along with his personal stories this week, McCain gave his general philosophy on issues from education to health care to the economy.

While I agree with some of these statements, the one thing that doesn’t seem to be mentioned is the fact that these tours give John McCain the ability to show the American people that he too came from a background like many “normal Americans.”

This is going to give him a huge advantage, because right now one of the biggest attacks that the Left has on him is that he is a “DC Insider.” However, this tour is showing that even those who are considered “DC Insiders” have roots just like any other American.

Each stop on this tour seems to justify votes that Senator McCain has made in the past. So far there hasn’t been anything controversial, however this is a great opportunity for the campaign to collect hours and hours of video to use in response, or creating their own ads to counter what will be, without a doubt, a massive blitz campaign from the DNC and the various 527’s.

Is it a weird way to spend campaign time that could otherwise be spent fundraising? Sure. But is it an effective way to break away some of the stigmas attached to John McCain simply because of his service to the country (in congress)? Absolutely.