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National Perspective

In '06 speech, McCain launched pitch for national service

John McCain, left, and Liberty University president Jerry Falwell waited for the start of ceremonies in 2006. John McCain, left, and Liberty University president Jerry Falwell waited for the start of ceremonies in 2006. (Josh Meltzer/ New York Times File)
By Peter S. Canellos
Globe Staff / July 29, 2008

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WASHINGTON - On May 13, 2006, John McCain delivered the commencement speech at Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty University and, in the eyes of many critics, began a period of capitulation to various branches of the conservative movement that didn't end until he clinched the Republican presidential nomination in March. (Full article: 786 words)

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