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For McCain, a Photo Op Like Many Others

By Juliet Eilperin
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Hewing to campaign conventions, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) today visited a local pastry shop here, praised his fellow Republican officeholders and declared Florida is "a battleground state" in the election.

McCain entered Pancho's Spanish Bakery & Deli in Orlando this afternoon along with his wife Cindy, Florida GOP Gov. Charlie Crist and Orange County mayor Richard Crotty (R). They all shook hands with many patrons and a few employees. There was scattered applause.

"Thank you," McCain said. "We have the mayor and the governor, how about that?"

Upon seeing Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), who was seated at a table, rise up, McCain hailed him as "our greatest senator in all of the history of the United States."

McCain joked that he was glad to see so many people munching away: "I see you all stopped in for a little low-cal lunch here." A few of them laughed.

"Florida will be a battleground state," he told the crowd. "We'll need all of your help."

Not all was picturesque, however, in today's photo-op. Outside the bakery, across the street there was a single protester holding a handmade sign. Bob Monyah, who called himself "Bob the illegal alien hunter," held a sign with phrases on it including "McCain Treason 4 Amnesty Sell Out USA Workers" as he cried out, "Stop the treason of U.S. jobs by illegal aliens!"

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 1, 2008; 2:27 PM ET
Categories:  Battlegrounds  
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