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McCain Talks Iraq, Huckabee Questions Financing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GOP frontrunner John McCain and long-shot challenger Mike Huckabee are both campaigning today in Texas in advance of Tuesday's delegate-rich primary.

McCain holds a town-hall style meeting with employees of Dell Computer in Round Rock. Huckabee's itinerary includes a visit to the Fort Worth Stockyards.

McCain holds a seemingly shoo-in lead. But Huckabee is now raising the possibility McCain will have to suspend his campaigning until after the convention because of questions about whether he's legally able to opt out of public financing and its spending limits. Democrats are also calling for an investigation.

McCain has already spent nearly 50 million dollars. But as it turns out, he didn't need federal matching money and says he's not bound by the restrictions.

On the campaign trail in Texas, McCain has sought to clarify his position on Iraq. He says his remark about a 100-year presence for the U.S. in Iraq was distorted. The Arizona senator says he was referring to an American presence long after the war is won.


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