McCain, Obama Hug it Out
By Shailagh Murray
Sen. John McCain crossed the aisle in the Senate this morning to shake hands with Sen. Barack Obama, just a couple of political foes killing time during a vote-a-rama.
The two candidates spent a few minutes in animated conversation, with McCain doing most of the talking. He spoke forcefully at times, as Obama nodded at his GOP rival, a mild look on his face. When they said their goodbyes, they shook hands again and clasped arms in a modified man hug. The exchange was later recapped by McCain as "a friendly conversation, like you have with colleagues." He declined to provide details.
McCain and Obama have the second and fourth worst Senate attendance records in the 110th Congress, but both showed up today for all seven votes on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The hour-long session gave the two candidates plenty of time to catch up with their colleagues.
Obama invested much of his time with senators who haven't endorsed in the Democratic nomination battle yet, yucking it up with Sens. Ken Salazar (Colo.), Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), Ron Wyden (Ore), Barbara Boxer (Calif.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.). He also spoke quietly with Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), an ally of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who wasn't present today.
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