McCain Clutches at Shrinking Spotlight

Upcoming tour aims to rally media attention
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2008 5:00 AM CDT
Framed by a painting of the Iwo Jima flag raising, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks during a town hall meeting Monday, March 24, 2008, in Chula Vista, Calif.    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – John McCain is now in a race for media coverage, packing in a full slate of public events through April, Politico reports. The press corps tailing the famously accessible senator has dwindled since he sealed the Republican nomination. Though campaign aides say his Democratic contenders “would rather be us,” McCain's often news-free days aren't pulling in as many front pages.

McCain will continue to weigh in on the news and issues raised in the Democratic race, but he will also highlight his service to the country in a special biographical portion of his upcoming tour. The candidate also intends to visit regions, from inner cities to rural spots, that don’t often get much attention from candidates, particularly from his own party.