McCain Trip Aimed at Highlighting Latin America in U.S.-Focused Campaign

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — While the campaign jet of Sen. John McCain’s was en route from Cartagena to Mexico City on July 2, the Colombian military pulled off a daring rescue mission that led to the liberation of 15 hostages, including Ingrid Betancourt and three Americans. The news of the hostage release overshadowed McCain’s three-day visit to Colombia and Mexico that aimed to shore up his Hispanic support and underscore his foreign policy experience and national security credentials. Nonetheless, McCain’s unusual tour of the region was particularly significant for Colombia, the United States’ most important ally in Latin America. Mexico and […]

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