John McCain broke the news of the problems happening in the Straits of Hormuz to the crowd of about 200 supporters at the John McCain rally yesterday in Concord, New Hampshire.
McCain arrived in downtown Concord, NH Monday on the Straight Talk Express, accompanied by live bagpipe music to greet his arrival in front of the State House. McCain introduced his wife and daughters Bridget and Megan to a jubilant crowd. Cindy McCain gave a short speech on her husbands’ qualifications for President.
Monday being Primary-eve, the political excitement was running high in New Hampshire’s capital, – and not just among McCain supporters. A busload of Ron Paul supporters set up signs at the rally, as well as two visible Obama supporters.
Several Hillary supporters, with their trademark “Hillary totems,”-(a stake with three or more signs stapled to it instead of the traditional single sign stapled to a stake) set up a base just outside of the rally on N. Main Street in downtown Concord.
McCain used the Straits of Hormuz incident yesterday to illustrate a point about his campaign message; he is best qualified to lead the country during these dangerous times.
U.S. Warships had their hackles raised yesterday when five smaller Iranian warships surrounded them. McCain spoke briefly about the incident in the Straits of Hormuz and also terrorist-related arrests that had taken place in Germany just hours prior to the Concord Rally.
There were a couple of tense moments at the State House rally when the crowd gasped causing McCain, who had his back to the building, to duck slightly as large clumps of snow fell off the 3-story State House onto people in the crowd.
Several TV news teams as well as many New England area newspaper reporters attended the rally. A news affiliate from Arizona, John McCain’s home state was also at the rally.
I spoke with three enthusiastic students from Concord- area colleges who were carrying a giant McCain poster and speaking with the press. When asked if they thought the 71 year old John McCain was too old to be president; they disagreed. They described McCain as “spry,” and spoke of the “McCain Death March,” which they thought was a rigorous hike McCain and his staffers completed in the desserts of Arizona. This may be the case, but according to the Chicago Tribune, the “death march” is a term used by McCain staffers to describe days when McCain and his staff have especially heavy schedules.