Gift for McCain

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Repub­li­can Sen. John McCain, cam­paign­ing for sup­port in Iowa’s Jan­uary pres­i­den­tial cau­cuses, got an in­spi­ra­tional early re­turn Nov. 5 from a fel­low mil­i­tary vet­eran.

In the Main Street Cafe in Al­li­son, a man wear­ing an Air Force sweat shirt stood to give Mr. McCain a framed quote by Booker T. Wash­ing­ton: “I have learned that suc­cess is to be mea­sured not so much by the po­si­tion that one has reached in life as by the ob­sta­cles which he has had to over­come while try­ing to suc­ceed.”

Nathan Mer­rill, 26, said the quote was deeply mean­ing­ful to him and that he wanted Mr. McCain to have it, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

“First, I feel like I should salute you,” Mr. Mer­rill said as he handed Mr. McCain the framed quote.

Mr. McCain, who was a pris­oner of war in Viet­nam from 1967 to 1973, read the quote aloud. He said he would place it on his desk in the U.S. Se­nate and in the Oval Of­fice if he wins the pres­i­dency.

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@wash­ing­ton­

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