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Cindy McCain Heading to Republic of Georgia

Updated 4:27 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
SACRAMENTO -- Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, is headed to the Republic of Georgia, where tensions between the government and Russia have sparked international concern and have become an issue on the presidential campaign trail.

McCain announced to a group of fundraisers in Sacramento that his wife was headed to the country, but the campaign did not provide any details about the trip.

McCain has been very aggressive in his condemnation of Russia's invasion of Georgia, and his campaign has been critical of Obama's more measured response when Russian tanks first pushed into the country.

McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker confirmed Cindy McCain is enroute to the nation and said she is visiting as part of the World Food Program. She said she will meet with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and visit with wounded Georgian soldiers.

Since the outbreak of violence, several people seen as emissaries from the two campaigns have visited. McCain sent Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.); Sen. Barack Obama signed off on a trip by his new vice presidential running mate, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.)

In an interview with Time magazine which was published on its Web site moments after Sen. McCain broke the news to donors, Cindy McCain said she has wanted to visit Georgia for "some time" and that trips like this are "an important part of what I'm about, what makes me tick."

In the Time article, McCain aides denied that the trip was specifically designed to occur during the Democratic National Convention, and specifically on the day that her counterpart, Michelle Obama, is scheduled to speak.

"She's on the phone with the World Food Program, he's on the phone with Saakashvili," McCain adviser Nicolle Wallace told Time. "It's like this great picture of what they'll be like in the White House."

Cindy McCain took a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia in June, visiting the country as part of Operation Smile, a charity that helps disfigured children. She also took a trip to Kosovo earlier in the year to assess progress in clearing land mines.

Of Georgia, Cindy McCain told Time that the issue of land mines is serious.

"There's a very serious landmine issue now, because there are landmines being laid as we speak," she said. "There's a whole bunch of things going on right now, and as we begin to move refugees from point A to point B or try to feed refugees who are stuck in pockets around the country, we're now running into the issue of the blowing up of
humanitarian vehicles that are trying to get to the refugees. So it's a whole morass of problems now."

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There's a international crisis in the former USSR state of Georgia.
McCain is sending his VP Cindy McCain aka the Ice Princess to evaluate
and contain the situation.

Our current Monarchs the Bushes are "out to lunch", heck
after running the country into the ground they've decided to run out for a
long lunch break, maybe until November. Guess they figured, what the heck?
we're out anyway, let's just kick back and steal office supplies.

McCain's got it under control, my people are in his camp and with FOX News
behind the McCains, here we go, 4 more years ! 4 MORE years! FOUR MORE YEARS!

Posted by: nina | August 27, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Explain to me how this is not presumptuous? Double standard much.

Posted by: The Aristocrats | August 26, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Double standard by the press again. Is she the new Secretary of State. Imagine Michelle Obama doing this. She would be in the press as a headline. Double standard again by our wonderful media.

Posted by: Sode | August 26, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

How about this?

Cindy is an alcoholic; gets drunk, falls a lot, bruises an eye, sprains a wrist.

Nah, sounds more like an old couple trying to avoid hurting each other in a fight.

Posted by: Reggie Boykins | August 26, 2008 6:14 AM | Report abuse

Cindy presents as an abused woman.

Wealthy from her birth, the woman most likely knows nothing of any real love.

She is a pretty woman and we all know she comes from old, established money. She seems like she might have been endowed with an aura akin to that of Princess Diane, but she lacks something. She presents as scared, afraid; "is it OK to stand here Johnny?"

With all she obviously possesses, she seems "slow."

Wonder if her trip to Georgia is for the purpose of settlling a money matter since Johnny boy doesn't money "smarts."

Posted by: Reggie Boykins | August 26, 2008 6:07 AM | Report abuse

oh my word.cindy mac headed for georgia to "check on war casualties". imagine the 2 week uproar if michelle made the same trip?

Posted by: biff | August 26, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Cindy is going to Georgia, Cheney is going to Georgia..hmmm? Someone's got Georgia on their minds. Maybe Paris Hilton should go to Georgia, I hear it's hot!

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 26, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse


Obama didn't "send" Biden to Georgia in the same way that McCain sent Lieberman and Graham. Biden went before he was selected as the VP. He went at the request of the Georgian president.

Posted by: Katie | August 25, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Georgian Lobbyist (paid >$800,000 by Georgian Govn't) and McCain campaign staffer Randy Scheunamann set this trip like he did for McCain's meet and greet in Georgia.

Money, its a beautiful thing.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Georgia, remember when Condi Rice was all saying that Russia was gonna pay because invading Georgia would hurt their reputation?

I still laugh out loud at Ms. "Ummmm, I believe it was titled 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside U.S.'" talking about reputations.

Remember, you can't Attack without Atta.

Posted by: Harry R. Sohl | August 25, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I had no idea there was an Hermes store in Tsibili!

Posted by: Anne | August 25, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Jay Tea writes:

"unlike the Obama's who use people for their own ambitions and then when they are no longer useful throw them under the bus."

Sort of like McCheater, when he threw his first wife under the bus, had an affair with a rich cheerleader and then married her ?

Posted by: MA | August 25, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Jay Tea | August 25, 2008 6:50 PM ----

So glad to hear you are impressed by how Michelle Obama has been earning her $317,000, and was able to make more money for the hospital she works for off the misery of people that couldn't afford to have health insurance. Yes, lets make sure that hospitals make their money and screw those damned patients! How inconsiderate of those people who think they deserve basic health.
I guess you also think it is so much more fun to make light of Cindy McCain who with all her money stills feels that it is important to help others in this world, unlike the Obama's who use people for their own ambitions and then when they are no longer useful throw them under the bus. Go luck with that, you deserve each other.

Posted by: Michele | August 25, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Let's get Cindy there and get the thunder rolling. She can build momentum to kick Russian butt!!!! Go McCain. Let's kick Ruskie butt. We could have them pushed out of Georgia in a week.

Posted by: McCain08 | August 25, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this trip was arranged by Georgia's lobbyist on McCain's staff .... and for a hilarious parody of Cindy McCain check this out ...

Posted by: straight talk my a** | August 25, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Cheney's going too. Are they going to meet up for a Tblisi quickie? A Neocon roll in the hay? A Winger afternoon delight? Dick better take spare batteries for his defibrillator, if he dies Pelosi is next in line of Sucession.

Posted by: Bronco Billy | August 25, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

"Michele" condemns the Obamas for not caring about the poor and needy in America,

Here's the rest of the story,

"The conservative Chicago Sun-Times has an article that tells just what sorts of things Michelle Obama did for the University Of Chicago Hospital to earn her $317,000 salary as "Vice President for Community and External Affairs." And despite the tone of the article, I'm fairly impressed.

One of the biggest problems hospitals face is the sheer number of people who use their emergency rooms as their primary-care centers. People with all sorts of emergencies but no health insurance show up at the ERs, clogging up the system and racking up bills the hospital will most likely end up writing off. It's gotten so bad in some places that some hospitals have just shut down their ERs as too expensive to maintain.

Well, Mrs. Obama got the idea of setting up a network of doctors in the neighborhood who would see and treat these people, instead of having them show up at ERs. She worked with several other people in the hospital, two of whom are also advisors to her husband's campaign, and they hired a PR firm run by another Obama advisor to "sell" the program to the community.

I'm going to disagree with John McCain and say that this program, as described, was a good idea. It wasn't about denying health care to poor people, it was about getting them care in a more cost-efficient and appropriate manner. The hospital wasn't dumping its poor patients on other hospitals or clinics, it was arranging for them to get the attention they needed in ways that wouldn't impair its own emergency room operations.

But in this case, it seems his wife was involved in a health care reform move that makes a lot of sense, and could not only improve care for those most in need of basic services, but save money all around. It's the kind of thing that we should be experimenting with, trying out and seeing how well it works. It strikes me as a common-sense plan, a possibly good solution to a building crisis."

Posted by: Jay Tea | August 25, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain,
"There's a whole bunch of things going on right now, and as we begin to move refugees from point A to point B or try to feed refugees who are stuck in pockets around the country,"

Point A to point B? Is that like " I don't know what I'm talking about, but point A and point B sounds like technical jargon. Does this make sense to anyone?"

Just where are "we" moving these refugees "from and to?", and who are "we?". Concerned people want to know.

Is there a Point A and Point B in Darfur that Mrs. Buffalo Chip might be concerned about?

Pathetic political posturing.

Posted by: Ho | August 25, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Will she and dead eye Dick, be welcomed as liberators ?

Posted by: MA | August 25, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Cindy is going over there to check her investments in Saakasvili's newly-privatized economy. Trust.

Posted by: Mary | August 25, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe rather then condemn Cindy McCain for supporting the World Food Programme, maybe the Obama people would rather the American people look at how Michele Obama supports the helpless in our country. Maybe voters would like to know the following information as reported by the Inspector General in Illinois, about the University of Chicago Hospital where Michelle Obama works for over $300,000 a year:re: patient dumping:
The University of Chicago Hospitals (UCH), Illinois, agreed to pay $35,000 to resolve its liability for CMPs under the patient dumping statute. The OIG alleged that the hospital failed to accept an appropriate transfer of a 61-year-old male who presented to another emergency department with a complaint of flank pain. UCH had specialized capabilities not available at the transferring hospital and allegedly refused to accept transfer after learning that the patient did not have insurance. UCH then later agreed to accept transfer of the patient only if he provided proof of funds in a bank account. The patient was transferred to another hospital where he died.

This is only the tip of the iceberg on how the Obama's have NOT helped others who are less fortunate themselves.

Posted by: Michele | August 25, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Buffalo Chip is on her way to deliver her famous cookie recipe to Mikheil Saakashvili, and tell him to please not start something again, that Condoleeza warned him against doing.


Maybe she is going to offer the use of one of her 10 "homes," to the refugees.

Please give me a break. We have plenty of desperate people in our own country who need help with housing and food. This is strictly a publicity stunt by the ex rodeo queen and cheerleader.

She needs to be here in the good old USA to make sure her hubby doesn't forget his way back to their designated "Home" du jour.

Please send the old coot packing back to his homestead for good.

"I know how to win wars," McCain must not be allowed to try and prove it by starting a new one.

Not this time "My Friends."

Posted by: Betty Crocker | August 25, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Injuries and wounds=PAIN MEDS

Posted by: TrumanHugh | August 25, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain is in every sense a lady and has done many humanitarian missions. She walks the walk, not talk and talk!!! The new "change" group got me to change....from a democrat to a republican. If "change" spews so much hatred then keep it.
You switched because she has that painted on smile and big blonde hair?

Well I guess we all have to have some reason why we vote for a particular candidate. Good for you!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain is testing her out as a replacement for Condi after he takes office.

Either that or she is trying to sign up a Budweiser beer distributorship for Georgia.

Maybe she is checking to see if they own any houses in Georgia.

But seriously folks, isn't this a bit synthetic? Transparent? Bizarre?

Posted by: Bob | August 25, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain is in every sense a lady and has done many humanitarian missions. She walks the walk, not talk and talk!!! The new "change" group got me to change....from a democrat to a republican. If "change" spews so much hatred then keep it.

Posted by: kt | August 25, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she'll hook up with Jimmy Carter there.

Posted by: Abolhassan Bani Sadr | August 25, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Hope she won't have to circle low to avoid sniper fire, and rush the ceremony on the tarmack.

Posted by: Rolla, MO | August 25, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

WcCain already dispatched Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum (Graham and Lieberman) and now he's sending his wife???

Forget the "presumptuousness" of it for now.

The real question is.....Who the heck sends their wife on a diplomatic mission to stop a war?

Is being a booze peddler really qualification to go on such a trip?

Is this the "good judgment" he thinks will win him the White House?

Even W wasn't ever dumb enough to send his wife on a diplomatic mission?

Maybe she's only going to collect some more checks from Georgai????

I just don't get it....

Posted by: Seriously??? | August 25, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"She's on the phone with the World Food Program, he's on the phone with Saakashvili," McCain adviser Nicolle Wallace told Time. "It's like this great picture of what they'll be like in the White House."

The McCains better be careful or people might think they're presumptuous...

Posted by: Arugula eater | August 25, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

It is remarkable that Cindy knows there are land mines in Georgia, though none of the news media have reported this. John McCain was yelling " boots on the ground " when our Air Force, as directed by then-President Clinton wss bombing Milosovic into submission a decade ago. McCain is still uttering the same cry now- he doesn't care much who the enemy is, just so long as we have some war to distract the voters from the real issues - including his stupidity. Can we trust a Commander-In Chief who has to have his staff tell us how many houses he has??

Posted by: wiseearl | August 25, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

While Cindy is out of the country, out of the way, and out of Touch, John will be where? John better check with Larry Craig. He wouldn't want to be sending any of those wrong signals, would he?

OK, I got Minneapolis and St Paul mixed up.

Hey, John, stay out of Minneapolis.

Posted by: | August 25, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Why do I vaguely think of Eleanor Roosevelt, and why do I KNOW Eleanor would not be amused?

Posted by: | August 25, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Is she going to tell the ladies of Georgia how to get botox injections or smuggle drugs?

Posted by: Keith | August 25, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

She's selling beer. Or scoring drugs. Or both. The good news is that the senile and decripid John McCain is not going. He would simply start another war.

Posted by: mnjam | August 25, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

World Food Program?....does that include a brand spankin' new beer distributorship in downtown Tblisi?....

Posted by: Jaybird | August 25, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

LOL I got one for you Peter The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years.

Posted by: Kanye | August 25, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

LOL I got one for you Peter The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years.

Posted by: Kanye | August 25, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain does have alot in common with Bush, it seems he might have an old DUI.

Posted by: Peter | August 25, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the two for the price of one line to come up. It will be interesting to see if she has a sniper fire story too.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | August 25, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

She manages his money. Now his forieng policy. Maybe she should run for president and let JOhn be the pathetic househusband he is.

Posted by: TexDem | August 25, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

See McCain talk about in detail his failed first marriage. He Cheated? Cindy was a mistress?

Posted by: Peter | August 25, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

This is why Cindy McCain should not be totally off limits in this presidential cycle. Why is Cindy McCain going to Georgia? For a photo-op. Bush has already allowed emergency supplies to be sent by the US military, after Obama called for humanitarian aid.

I wonder if Cindy McCain will come back to the US with a "sniper fire" story?

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 25, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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But I aint selling ma soul.



Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

So I take it that the two guys below me (zappo & carter) do not believe in the mission of the World Food Programme? Just my opinion, but highlighting an organization that has fed over 100,000 starving Georgians in their war-torn country is far more interesting that empty quips about a candidate's wife or a private plane. (And frankly, if she rode her own personal rocketship to get out there to help these people, then who cares?)

Posted by: hurricanewarningdc | August 25, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Maybe his obsession with foreign policy is the reason why McCain is only ahead by 6% in Arizona.

Posted by: Nah Nope | August 25, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she'll steal some drugs when she's there.

Posted by: playa | August 25, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

is she flying in her own private jet? Maybe she should invite Condi.

one house, one spouse, Obama/Biden 08!!!

Posted by: carter | August 25, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is soaring to new heights of hypocrisy on his wife's personal jet. He flies around the country bent on duping the public into believing he's "one of them," a regular guy who can empathize with Americans facing an overwhelming economic crush. What's more, he disparages those who oppose his ridiculous policy proposals as "elitist." But who's the real elitist?

The REAL McCain is a multimillionaire who owns ten luxurious homes. The REAL McCain backs President Bush's tax cuts for big corporations. The REAL McCain empathizes only with the interests of our nation's wealthy minority, not its money-strapped majority. But far too many are buying into McCain's deceit because the corporate press won't present the whole picture.

Posted by: ZappoDave | August 25, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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