Heavy-hitters Speak to Md. Republicans
ST. PAUL -- Even leaders of the Maryland delegation seemed taken aback by the starpower of the speakers at their breakfast meeting this morning.
Those who came by to talk to Republicans from the heavily Democratic, relatively small state included former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R), current Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.), one of Sen. John McCain's sons and two former prisoners of war, one from Vietnam and one from Iraq.
Thompson said he had a lot in common with Maryland Republicans, having served as governor of a "blue state" for four terms. He described Wisconsin as more liberal than Massachusetts.
Thompson predicted the coming presidential election would "transform the political process in America" and offered a stark contrast between Republicans and Democrats.
"There's no gray area whatsoever between the parties," Thompson said, adding, to only scattered applause, that Democrats "most of the time are anti-America."
Kyl, who said he is often introduced as "the other senator from Arizona," acknowledged that McCain campaign faces an uphill fight in Maryland. But Kyl urged his fellow Republicans to press forward.
"The better we can fight the battle in every single state, the more pressure it's going to put on them," Kyl said of the Democratic ticket.
The appearance of Doug McCain, a son of the candidate from his first marriage, was part of an effort today to emphasize John McCain's biography.
Doug McCain, who lives in Virginia Beach, is a former Navy pilot who now flies for American Airlines. He said he is a sometime visitor to Maryland, usually to attend his son's lacrosse games in Annapolis and Timonium.
September 2, 2008; 12:49 PM ET
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