Audition for what? Senator? He’s already one of those. Oh! They are talking about campaigning for the President of the United States.

Sen. John McCain will step off a plane in Iraq this weekend to see firsthand the effects of the troop increase that he has championed and that his presidential ambitions are tied to, at the outset of a week-long series of private meetings with Middle Eastern and European leaders that will be as much an overseas audition as it is political theater aimed at voters in the United States.

His strategists believe that the image of McCain standing shoulder-to-shoulder with world leaders in world capitals will nonetheless crystallize one of the campaign’s most important themes: that McCain alone has the experience and foreign policy savvy to be president. Republicans hope to highlight a “stature gap” between McCain and his Democratic rivals, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

First thought: Sounds suspiciously “campaigny”

Second thought: So much for the “stature gap”. LOL.

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