McCain discovers Garden of Eatin in Florida

October 23, 2008

PLANT CITY, Florida – Republican John McCain was taking advantage of the what the land provided to eat his way across Florida while on a bus tour on Thursday.

In Altamonte Springs, the Straight Talk Express made a beeline for Mi Viejo San Juan restaurant where McCain declared to the owner, “We’re hungry.”

Joined by his wife, Cindy, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Florida Republican Sen. Mel Martinez, McCain tucked into heaping plates of chicken, beef, mounds of rice and fried plaintains.

 
The bus took off again, and this time the destination was Plant City. The one and only stop was at a strawberry produce place called Parksdale Farms whose sign declared, “Welcome to Strawberry Country.”

Repairing to what the store advertised as its “Garden of Eatin,” the McCain group sat down at a picnic table and was served large portions of strawberry shortcake topped with a thick pile of whipped cream.

“This is the kind of small business we have to support,” McCain told reporters afterward as the owner handed him and Cindy bags of Florida oranges for the bus ride.

- Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (McCain ducks through the window at Parkesdale Farms in Plant City, Florida to order a strawberry shortcake)

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