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
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