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McCain will campaign for Romney in Pensacola Tuesday

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