McCain at the Sausage Haus

By Greg Wallace

Jul 24, 2008 12:10pm

ABC News’ David Wright Reports: Today as his rival prepares to deliver a major address to the throngs in Germany, John McCain counter-programmed with a more modest event bound to invite comparisons. Obama was at the Tiergarten in Berlin, amid a sea of people.  McCain was at "Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant" in German Village, an enclave of Columbus, Ohio. McCain addressed about a half dozen Ohio small business owners in the historic village. "I’d love to give a speech in Germany," McCain said. "But I’d much prefer to do it as President." WATCH VIDEO OF MCCAIN AT THE SAUSAGE HAUS HERE. In front of the restaurant stands a cardboard cutout of a Bavarian man in lederhosen and Bavarian woman in a dirndl. The faces are cutout, so tourists can pop in their heads for photos. It’s unlikely McCain would stop for a souvenir snapshot, but he did shake hands with the crowd of lunchtime diners who seem excited to see him.  He also sampled the Haus’ sausage and made a special point of ordering some chocolate cream puffs, a traditional German dessert, to go. "We love him," said Columbus resident Diane Woods. "I don’t know why Obama’s getting all this attention. McCain is right where he should be — in America," she said. "He graduated from the Naval Academy a year after my uncle did," said Roger Clark, who did not expect McCain’s visit. This event was hastily organized after the candidate’s planned visit to a Louisiana was cancelled due to the threat of hurricanes in the Gulf Coast.

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