Another tail from the trail from Primary Source assistant Brian Lawson. You can read his blog here.
John McCain's "No Surrender" tour rolled into Londonderry's American Legion Post 27, on Friday. The event was the last of a two day trip in which the Arizona Senator sought to drum-up support for the Iraq surge. McCain was joined by his wife Cindy, who spent the trip on crutches. Cindy McCain introduced her husband saying, "He's the only one who truly understands what it means to send young men and women into combat."
What: Senator John McCain's final "No Surrender" tour event
Where: American Legion Post 27, Londonderry, New Hampshire
How many people: 65 supporters, veterans and current servicemen
Media Count: ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Time's Ana Marie Cox, C-SPAN, three photographers
What food was served: Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda
Third Party Groups: Brave Quilt Project. The group had a table in which they were going to present quilts to two families who lost loved ones in Iraq.
McCain's on MoveOn.org's Petraeus ad: "I have mixed emotions about this New York Times piece. (Held up a copy of the MoveOn.org ad.) It's remarkable, it's remarkable. General Petraeus or General Betray Us. Well, My understanding of the word betray is traitor. How something like that, betrayal, could be said about a man who has served this country for 35 years with honor and distinction is beyond me. It's disgraceful and done by MoveOn.org. Anyone who pretends to be President of the United States should repudiate such an attack on the honor and integrity not only of General Petraeus but also the officer corps of the United States military. It's outrageous, please express your outrage."
Best quote of the event: "I hope you support the troops, not only the troops, but also the mission. It's wonderful to say 'I support the troops.' It's really not so wonderful if they're going to be defeated."