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Businessman denies mccain meeting

Associated Press
Published February 24, 2008


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WASHINGTON   

A former Paxson Communications president said Saturday he never met with John McCain about the Arizona senator writing letters in 1999 to the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of the company. Dean Goodman, who was in charge of the company's lobbying efforts in 1999, said he also doubts that chief executive Lowell W. "Bud" Paxson met with McCain over the issue.

McCain's presidential campaign said the senator did not meet with Paxson or his lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, before sending the letters, which have drawn controversy in recent days. McCain has denied he did anything improper.

Paxson told the Washington Post in a story published Saturday that he and "probably" Iseman met with McCain on the matter several weeks before the senator sent the letters.

Efforts to reach Paxson and Iseman weren't successful.

COLUMBUS, Ohio

Obama says McCain aides are lobbying

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Saturday that GOP candidate John McCain has lobbyists as top aides and "many of them have been running their business on the campaign bus while they've been helping him." An aide said Obama was referring to McCain strategist Charlie Black, a registered lobbyist. Jill Hazelbaker, a spokeswoman for McCain, accused Obama of trying to distract attention from his record and resume.

AMERICAN SAMOA, Northern Mariana Islands

Pacific islands hold GOP caucuses

Republicans in the U.S. territory of American Samoa and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands held caucuses Saturday to pick the nine delegates that each will send to the GOP national convention. The Northern Mariana delegates said they will support Sen. John McCain. Results from American Samoa weren't available late Saturday.

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