No rain on McCain’s parade during wet Mexican press conference
MEXICO CITY – Rain may ruin a parade, but it won’t ruin a press conference – at least not for John McCain.
The Republican U.S. presidential candidate closed up his short swing through Colombia and Mexico on Thursday with a “media avail” in a hangar, against a background of helicopters and fast police cars.
A media avail, for the uninitiated, is short for “availability” – another word for a news conference. And the Arizona senator likes to give them.
But Thursday’s had an unexpected glitch from Mother Nature: pouring rain pounded down on the hangar, drowning out the journalists’ questions and the senator’s answers.
So he paused to wait it out. But there were schedules to keep, and once it seemed clear the clouds were not closing up soon, McCain motioned for the journalists to move up close to the raised platform where he stood.
So they did – sitting on the floor and tossing questions upward, which McCain answered over the noise. Odd venue or not, he didn’t make a lot of news, commenting on drug trafficking and a recent shake-up in his campaign staff.
Asked for his take on the campfire-like scene, McCain said it was “certain the most unusual” press conference he had ever held.
Photo credit: Reuters/Daniel Aguilar. Arizona Sen. John McCain and his wife Cindy smile during a press conference in Mexico City.