John McCain visits Aurora |

John McCain visits Aurora

David Montero
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado
Mary Altaffer/APRepublican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks during a a town hall meeting with employees of the Wagner Equipment Co., Wednesday in Aurora.

AURORA, Colorado ” John McCain toured a Caterpillar dealership this morning, meeting workers and listening closely as employees explained the various aspects of rebuilding tractor engines.

He walked with the owner of Wagner Equipment Co., Joe Wagner, and two senior level executives ” Mike Quirk, vice president of the Earthmoving Division and Scott Wagner, manager of product support.

McCain, dressed in a dark suit and red tie, was also accompanied by his wife, Cindy McCain.

McCain’s tour lasted for about 20 minutes and he shook hands with about a half-dozen workers in Wagner’s engine rebuilding facility.

Between 20 and 40 people work in that part of the dealership, but there were only about a dozen on the floor when McCain walked through.

The Arizona senator’s questions and conversation were out of earshot of the media, but he nodded and joked with a few of the employees while others continued to work on engines.

A reporter shouted out a question about the indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, but McCain ignored it.

The candidate then went into a small room and looked at a large engine before being whisked away for his remarks to employees.

The stop in Aurora closed out a two-day trip to Colorado for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

He raised $3.2 million Tuesday at a fundraiser at the suburban Denver home of investor Charlie Gallagher.

Guests at the event ate appetizers and received gift-wrapped copies of McCain’s “Faith of Our Fathers”.

McCain took questions from the crowd during the fundraiser. When one woman asked, “Can we own this issue on gas and say we will do offshore drilling,” McCain concurred. But McCain didn’t directly answer another question about whether the federal government would fix the price of oil at $30 a barrel.

McCain also said his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, was “one of the greatest speakers in American history” and said he was sure he would shine at the Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Denver next month.

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