ABC News’ Bret Hovel Reports: The Senate office of John McCain announced Monday that the Republican nominee-in-waiting will travel overseas during the week of March 17 to Israel, Great Britain and France.
He is expected to meet with the prime ministers of Israel and Britain, and the president of France, and will be leading a Congressional delegation that includes Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-CT.
While McCain, who has sewn up the Republican nomination, is overseas, Sens. Barack Obama, D-IL, and Hillary Clinton, D-NY, will continue to battle amongst themselves for the nod of the Democratic party.
McCain aides privately admit they are looking forward to the photo opportunities with McCain and world leaders while the Democrats are fighting with one another.
But McCain said Monday the trip is not about counter-programming the Democrats.
"I travel frequently, as is well known…" McCain said. "This is just something that I do regularly. A lot continues to happen in Iraq and the Middle East. So its part of what I have been doing for many, many years as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services committee."
When McCain returns to the States he will start what the campaign is calling a "bio tour," introducing himself to the general electorate.