With a Zogby online poll finding Sen. Barack Obama holds a narrow lead over Sen. John McCain in Arizona, McCain may step up his campaigning in his home state. McCain often spends weekends unwinding at his property in Sedona. Though his campaign often informs reporters of his weekend activities -- like his recent post-church visits on Sunday to a Veteran's Administration hospital in Phoenix and an Arizona National Guard base -- they are rarely open to the press.
This weekend, however, was different. McCain visited his Southwest regional campaign headquarters in Phoenix -- where he gave his local supporters a pep talk. The event was your basic photo-op -- it was open to the press, but he did not take questions. Shortly before taking off for San Diego this morning, McCain, and his wife, Cindy, dropped by The Eggery, a diner in central Phoenix, which is "decked out in French country décor," according to the pool report. There, he greeted patrons and met with a group of local citizens over breakfast before taking questions from the press pool. Topics included: Obama's op-ed article in this morning's New York Times, offshore drilling and the Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae crisis.