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McCain going south of the border

In a trip that will draw interest in Florida, Republican presumptive nominee John McCain is headed to Colombia and Mexico next week.

Free trade -- a point of contention with Democrat Barack Obama, who opposes a deal with Colombia over concerns about human rights abuses -- will be a major topic of discussion. Also expect the senior senator from Arizona to highlight the fact that the junior senator from Illinois has never been to Latin America in an official capacity.

"Sen. McCain realizes how significant South America is in the long term,'' said campaign spokesman Mario Diaz.