McCain Gets Financial Help from Bush

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Republican presidential candidate John McCain is getting some financial help this week from President Bush.

The President is scheduled to speak at three McCain fundraisers that will be closed to the public.

It will be the first time Bush has made a public appearance with McCain since endorsing him at the White House three months ago.

Offers Trip to Iraq

McCain continues to blast Democrat Barack Obama for wanting to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. The Arizona senator is offering to take Obama there to see the recent security and political gains.

But Obama says he would be the better commander-in-chief, because he cares more for servicemen and women. The would-be Democratic nominee is also signaling that he intends to campaign heavily this fall for the Western states that narrowly voted Republican four years ago.

New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado aren't definitely Democratic blue or Republican red.

Instead, they're known as "purple states" by political junkies. Together, they account for only 19 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. But those votes could be vital in a close race.

The Spread of Nuclear Weapons

McCain is also criticizing Democrats and members of his own party for their efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons. McCain spoke Tuesday to a crowd of supporters at the University of Denver.

"If you look back over the past two decades, I don't think any of us, Republican or Democrat, can take much satisfaction in what we've accomplished to control nuclear proliferation," he said.

As McCain spoke he was interrupted by anti-war protestors four times before they were asked to leave.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton continues to campaign for the last three Democratic primaries. She spent the last three days in Puerto Rico where she has the edge.

Obama is expected to win Montana and South Dakota.

Source:  The Associated Press

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