Has McCain written off Wisconsin?

No, I really don’t think he has, but Packer fans can be quite the rabid bunch, and this substitution may not go over well in Packer-land.

Asked what first comes to his mind when he thinks of Pittsburgh, McCain chuckled, “the Steelers.  I was a mediocre high school athlete but I loved and adored the sports but the Steelers really made a huge impression on me particularly in my early years.”

And then McCain told a rather moving story about his time as a P.O.W. “When I was first interrogated and really had to give some information because of the pressures, physical pressures on me, I named the starting lineup, defensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers as my squadron mates.”

“Did you really?” asked the reporter.

“Yes,” McCain said.

“In your POW camp?” asked the reporter.

“Yes,” McCain said.

“Could you do it today?” asked the reporter.

“No, unfortunately,” McCain said.

Here’s one reason he likely couldn’t do it today — the Steelers aren’t the team whose defensive line McCain named for his Vietnamese tormentors. The Green Bay Packers are. At least according to every previous time McCain has told this story. And the McCain campaign just told ABC News that the senator made a mistake — it was, indeed, the Packers.

Now the campaign came clean, but it sure sounds like pandering to Western Pennsylvania sports fans, he should thank god it wasn’t the Dallas Cowboys, then he would have lost Wisconsin for sure.  Maybe there are some Packer fans that will be disillusioned with his mistake.  And as my old roommate would say, Packer fans are all over the US, every state, maybe it could cost some votes in close states!

-Josh

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