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McCain campaign appearance is 'media day' at Santa Clara University
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 6, 2000 - Sen. John McCain brought his campaign for the presidency to Santa Clara University today, in a morning rally that brought hundreds of supporters and two busloads of reporters to the campus.
News crews began assembling for the Republican candidate at 3 a.m. by the Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center, site of an 8:40 a.m. speech by McCain. Approximately 500 people, most of them students, faculty and staff of the University, attended the rally.
The earliest arrivals were members of a crew from MSNBC, which broadcast a special three-hour edition of its "Morning Line" show from 6 - 9 a.m. in a makeshift studio set up next to Orradre Library.
In the MSNBC show, seven SCU students were interviewed by co-anchor Greg Jarrett about politics and education issues.
The students (and the organizations they represented) were: Emily Dunn (Alpha Phi sorority), Elias Portales (director, Multicultural Center), Joseph McNally (chair, Student Senate), Katy Winters (secretary, College Republicans), Melinda Waller (president, College Democrats), Patty Adams (president, Gay and Straight People Educating for Diversity), Javier Benavidez (president, Associated Students of Santa Clara University), Alicia Smith (political science major), and Tam Nguyen (president, Vietnamese Student Association).
The location for the rally had been switched to the Alameda Mall in the center of campus, but heavy rains Saturday night forced a decision Sunday to relocate it indoors to the original rally site.
McCain's "Straight Talk Express" bus was preceded into the parking lot next to the Malley Center by the two busloads of journalists that accompany him on his campaign. At the rally, McCain brought his message of candor, conservatism and campaign reform to a mostly appreciative audience.
He was introduced at the rally by Benavidez and by Stephen Privett S.J.,University provost. Privett had met and dined with the senator last year in Arizona, and in the welcome, reminded his audience that Santa Clara University was a place of religious and social tolerance.
At the rally, McCain introduced Everett Alvarez, a 1960 SCU graduate, who was, like the Senator, a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Alvarez, former deputy director of the Peace Corps, lives in Virginia.
The SCU Pep Band played and Bucky Bronco danced at the gathering, which was broadcast live by KTVU channel 2 (Fox), KPIX CBS channel 5, KNTV channel 11 (ABC), KGO channel7 (ABC) and C-Span. In addition to the more than 75 reporters and photographers in the traveling crew, the event was covered by CNN America, TV Toyko, The Washington Times, AFP - Agence France-Presse, New York Post, U.S. News and World Report, German Television ZDF, Associated Press, San Jose Mercury News, and National Public Radio.
The Arizona Republican's campaign team decided last Thursday to stop in Silicon Valley one last time before the California Primary and others on Super Tuesday; they picked the 7,700-student Jesuit university.
Santa Clara University is a Catholic, Jesuit university with a rigorous undergraduate curriculum and nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. California's oldest institution of higher learning celebrates its sesquicentennial in the 2000-01 academic year.