Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who lost to Barack Obama in 2008, will return to Florida Tuesday to campaign for Mitt Romney at one of his favorite spots: Pensacola.
McCain wowed crowds in military-friendly Pensacola in 2008 running for president, and enjoyed reminiscing about his days in flight school in the 1960s, before he became a prisoner of war in Vietnam. (McCain also was the star of a memorable rally in Pensacola in Charlie Crist's campaign for governor in 2006).
Romney's chances of a Florida victory depend on running up overwhelming margins in the state's most strongly Republican areas -- beginning in Escambia County on the Alabama border.
McCain's appearance at the Fish House restaurant in downtown Pensacola begins at 1:45 p.m. central time.
-- Steve Bousquet