ABC News’ David Chalian Reports: Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) path to the Republican nomination heads through Miami, FL this week. The Arizona Senator and presidential hopeful is currently heading to the Sunshine State to woo some Republican governors gathering there for the annual Republican Governors Association meeting.
McCain is not expected to formally address the group, but he and his wife Cindy are hosting an RGA reception at Don Shula’s Hotel in Miami Lakes, FL from 5:00 – 7:00 pm ET Thursday evening. (Press, a/k/a McCain’s base, are invited to attend, but the reception is off-the record.)
In addition to the reception, McCain also plans on meeting privately with several governors while he is down there.
It should, of course, not go unnoticed that the RGA gathering in Miami is the culminating event in Gov. Mitt Romney’s (R-MA) term as RGA Chairman. Romney is widely considered to be one of McCain’s top-tier opponents for the Republican nomination in 2008.
When Sen. McCain sought the GOP nomination in 2000, one of the first roadblocks he hit was the wall of Republican governors surrounding and supporting their colleague then-Gov. George W. Bush (R-TX). Going up against a soon-to-be ex-governor of Massachusetts and outgoing RGA Chairman clearly doesn’t appear to give McCain any pause in seeking support from the Republican Party’s gubernatorial ranks.