As he prepares to accept his party's nomination for president in Minnesota this week, Sen. John McCain insists he understands the economic anxieties Americans face, despite his own family's wealth and attempts by Democrats to portray him as out of touch.
McCain has also repeatedly invoked his time as a prisoner of war in response to recent questions about the number of homes he owns. But he rejected a suggestion that he is overdoing it by talking too much about his time in Hanoi.
"What I hear from everybody I know is that I don't talk about it enough," McCain said. "People keep saying to me, `Talk about it more. We need to hear your personal story, how you made a choice for your country when you refused to come home early.' I think that Sen. Obama has a great story to tell and certainly I don't begrudge him telling it."
In fact, the Republican convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul will showcase McCain's life story. By the time it's over, one adviser said, every voter will know McCain grew up in a military family and spent 51/2 years as a prisoner of war, turning down early release.
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