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John McCain

Lindsey Graham, Olive Garden Fan

By Perry Bacon Jr.
ORLANDO --The traveling band of U.S senators that is the McCain campaign must have just wanted unlimited breadsticks for their straight talk.

Along with his wife and some top aides, John McCain and his campaign road pals, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, ate dinner at the Olive Garden here last night, a day before McCain was to speak to at the conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mel Martinez, the home state senator who had appeared at an event with the trio earlier in the day, also stopped by.

The pool of reporters that follows the candidate around everywhere was not allowed to join the McCain team, instead heading to the Bahama Breeze across the street where our waitress wondered why McCain would pick the Olive Garden of all the places in Orlando to eat.

According to McCain's aides, it's not the Arizona senator, but Graham who is a devoted Olive Garden fan.

The chain is probably happy to have them, too; one of the CBS News reporters traveling with the McCain campaign bumped into the waiter who had served the McCain group earlier in the evening and learned they had spent $450 on a dinner that included a very large group of aides and the senators.

Posted at 10:48 AM ET on Aug 18, 2008  | Category:  John McCain
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Does Florida want to keep Lindsey Graham? Pleeeeeze?

I'm voting against Lindsey after having been stupid enough to vote for him back in 2002. He's proved himself to be a backstabbing traitor to the nth degree, using our state and our voters as stepping stones to gain power for himself.

We've got a chance to elect an anti-occupation Democrat now instead of the spineless lapdog that runs around the world with McCain humping his leg the whole time.

Posted by: Tom | August 19, 2008 9:00 AM

Wow, they're so 'ethnic'!

Rotten food for rotten politicians.


Posted by: Susan | August 18, 2008 10:17 PM

Do they have a full employment act in DC? Looks to me that the authors of this essential piece of news would otherwise be at the off-ramp with a sign and a cup for contributions.

Posted by: Richard McDonough | August 18, 2008 5:11 PM

Next stop (equally poor)

Red Lobster

Posted by: Food critic | August 18, 2008 3:23 PM

What a perfect metaphor for these politicians' politics:

• Bland
• Tasteless
• Ubiquitous
• Mass produced
• Big corporation
• Pretending to be something it isn't
• (and sadly) swallowed up by the masses who don't know any better.

Posted by: rizzodj | August 18, 2008 3:18 PM

What a great NEWS article! I have been unable to sleep lately but this is so ridiculously booring it is already making me feel sleep..........

Posted by: ApplebeesChilisOliveGardenBennigan McWhopoBell | August 18, 2008 3:16 PM

Anyone who eats at Olive Garden and thinks it's good Italian food, has never eaten good Italian food.

Posted by: Larry | August 18, 2008 3:05 PM

I think he just went there to try and meet Kendra Wilkinson.

Hmmm.....McCain-Wilkinson '08!

Posted by: Seriously.... | August 18, 2008 2:10 PM

This is news? Are you kidding me? I guess it's just a little slow to day.

Posted by: Fred | August 18, 2008 1:50 PM

Why do we care? Slow news day huh? No one is missing a flag pin? News sucks. Are we the morons or them....

Posted by: Sigh | August 18, 2008 1:09 PM

Why doesn't anybody mention Lindsey Graham for VP? Did he already say no? Too needed in his current job? I'm not voting that party but I do keep wondering what John McCain can do to win. Usually I say he can tap Sen. Clinton as a running mate. But chances are the righteous right wouldn't let him. Even though I think Lindsey's got a Fox News mentality, at least he is interesting to listen to. Like Huckabee. Romney's such a yawn and even though McCain is great in Q & A, he's too much depending on war and warfare to make his vision and give him vitality. That's something the human species need to grow out of. To endure, methinks.

Posted by: Gaias Child | August 18, 2008 12:46 PM

It figures Graham would like something with no flavor, no imagination and mass produced. Just like his idiot candidate for President - John McBush.

Posted by: Lindsey Graham - Homosexual Putz | August 18, 2008 12:21 PM

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nice blog
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Posted by: Busby SEO Challenge | August 18, 2008 12:13 PM

one of the few places that serves spam balls, lightly sauteed, covered in a white wine cream sauce, plus unlimited bread sticks.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 18, 2008 12:03 PM

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