McCain’s Bump

Apr 4, 2007 6:09pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports: The presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Wednesday that a dark spot on McCain’s head is due to the Arizona senator hitting his head while getting out of a helicopter in Iraq and not a recurrence of skin cancer.

"McCain hit his head getting out of a helicopter," campaign spokesperson Matt David tells ABC News.

Brian Jones, McCain’s communications director, told ABC News that the McCain campaign learned about the Arizona senator hitting his head when McCain spoke with senior adviser Mark Salter by telephone after arriving earlier than expected at an Air Force base in Germany while on his way back to the United States from Iraq.

Speculation about the spot on McCain’s head was fueled when the Drudge Report, which often receives items about presidential candidates from rival campaigns, posted a photo of a "nickel-sized" dark spot on the front of the Arizona Senator’s partially bald head.

McCain aide David sought to put to rest concerns that the spot was a recurrence of skin cancer early Wednesday afternoon by telling ABC News: "Senator McCain had a routine dermatology examination in January of this year, as he does every several months.  His doctor found no new skin problems. The melanomas he had successfully removed several years ago have not recurred and no new melanomas were found."

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