Mac Trots Out Star Backing on Dems' Big Day

While attention shifts to Dems, celebrities rally for McCain
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2008 4:44 PM CDT
In this photo provided by NBC, Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, left, speaks with Jay Leno during the taping of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in Burbank, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008....   (AP Photo/NBC, Margaret Norton)
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(Newser) – John McCain shunned tradition today by grabbing media attention during his opponent's convention kick-off, Politico reports. At a high school in Phoenix, McCain trotted out supporter and reggaeton star Daddy Yankee. McCain "has been a fighter for the Hispanic community… a fighter for immigration," Daddy Yankee told students at the 75% Latino school.

McCain will later stop by The Tonight Show and then hit up celebrities for cash at a Los Angeles fundraiser. Notable guests at the $500, Beverly Hilton event include Jon Voight and Robert Duvall. Such stars are planning to boost McCain's media attention and attend the GOP convention next month, Variety reports.