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The Road to St. Paul. An incomplete history of John McCain's path to the Republican nomination

2005

FEB. 20 In one of his 52 lifetime appearances on Meet the Press, McCain exasperates conservatives by saying of his fellow guest "I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good President"

AUG. 23 TIME says McCain would be his party's "instant front runner" if he enters the race, along with Hillary Clinton for the Democrats

AUG. 29 President Bush offers McCain a 69th-birthday cake--as flooding ravages New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina

2007

FEB. 28 McCain semiofficially announces his plans to run for President on the Late Show with David Letterman

APRIL 1 McCain sees "encouraging signs" while touring...

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