McCain Takes on Pork in Iowa
By Michael D. Shear
DES MOINES -- Continuing his tour of what he calls America's "heartland," Sen. John McCain made the annual pilgrimage to see a really, really big pig at the Iowa State Fair..
Not just any big pig. This was a pig named, appropriately, "Freight Train," and weighed
in at 1,259 pounds. McCain declared it his favorite part of the fair.
It was a hot day in Iowa, but nothing like the sweltering heat of a year ago, when every presidential primary candidate trudged through sweltering heat as they courted Iowa voters.
But the sun was still beating down as McCain made his way past the corn dog stands, the lemonade vendors and the funnel cakes to give a brief speech at the fair's "soapbox," a venue for politicians sponsored by the Des Moines Register.
"I wanna point out, this is the heartland of America," he said. "This is what America is all about. This is the people I want to know and meet. And when the rigors of a presidential campaign, people talk about it, I get a chance to come here and meet and greet the real
America. The people that are providing products all over this world, all over the world."
After the serious stuff was over, he headed to the Iowa Pork Tent -- where every politician must go -- and sampled the famous "Pork on a Stick."
He then met the Pork Queen and headed over to a fundraiser at a Des Moines country club.
McCain bounded through the fair, apparently energized by the large crowd and the people who mobbed him, telling him "good luck." The Republican senator seems to like this kind of crowd. Earlier in the week, he gave an energetic speech in Sturgis, South Dakota, telling the gathering of motorcyclists that "I'll take 50,000 Harley's any day."
August 8, 2008; 3:16 PM ET
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