McCain to take stand on Confederate flag

April 19, 2000|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

Former GOP presidential candidate John W. McCain plans to go to South Carolina today, where he will announce his opposition to the Confederate flag flying over the state Capitol, sources said.

The announcement is a marked shift from his comments during the primary season, in which McCain and rival George W. Bush refused to take a stand on the issue during their heated battle to win the state's Feb. 19 contest.

Top campaign aides said that McCain regretted not urging the flag's removal before the primary, which he lost to Bush.

The senator from Arizona has not explicitly endorsed Bush.

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