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Reported by Lori Brown

Presumptive Republican nominee McCain visits Memphis

Customers at the Blue Plate Cafe in Memphis got more than southern cooking Tuesday morning during a visit by presidential hopeful Senator John McCain.

McCain, in Memphis for a private fundraiser, didn't stay for long, sticking around just long enough to meet with customers and shake a few hands.

"What do you recommend?" he asked one customer.

McCain's media handlers made sure television cameras didn't linger too long, and mostly stopped the presumptive Republican nominee from fielding reporter questions.  Though he did not answer any questions about the day's drama on the Democratic side of the ticket, McCain did answer a question about FedEx's Fred Smith.

"Marvelous man," McCain said. "We've been friends for 20 years."

Customers like Kent Gieselmann were surprised by the senator's visit.

"I knew he was coming when a bunch of policeman followed me into the parking lot and escorted me in," he said.

Gieselmann said the visit didn't change his mind.

"I'm certainly glad to meet him," he said. "I was going to vote for him anyway."

During McCain's visit in Memphis, he attended a private fundraiser held by Smith.


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