Presidential hopeful John McCain speaks at private fundraiser - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Presidential hopeful John McCain speaks at private fundraiser

The presidential campaign once again comes to Louisville. However, only a few hundred people got to see and hear John McCain at a private fundraiser Saturday night.

The presumed Republican nominee splits tonight's take with the state party. John McCain's last but perhaps most important stop of the day involved at least 500 of these people at the Kentucky Republican fundraiser downtown. Gas prices and a Democratic Congress are on the minds of some, and others said they wanted to hear McCain's stance on continuing the Iraq War.

That's particularly timely because earlier Saturday, McCain met in Washington with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. McCain said the two countries would work together to keep U.S. forces in Iraq, after a U.N. mandate expires at the end of the year.

In Louisville, they demonstrated their "stop the war" position outside the convention center.  McCain likely found the Louisville audience friendlier, if not more polite than at those at a speech to Hispanic elected officials in Washington this morning.

That's where other protesters interrupted him four times.  McCain did promise immigration reform as a top priority of his first days as President.  Barack Obama had a reply to the same audience a few minutes later.

McCain closed the fundraiser to local tv news.  However, the Associated Press quotes McCain as saying, "Senator Obama's word cannot be trusted."

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