McCain touts his military heritage

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Meridian, Miss. (AP) John McCain is opening a new chapter in his presidential campaign.

He is touting his military heritage and casting himself as an “imperfect servant” of his country.

The Arizona senator spoke this morning at Misissippi State University near a naval airfield named for his grandfather. It was the first stop on a weeklong tour designed to tell the public more about the Republican Party's presumptive presidential candidate.

McCain's remarks were both personal and philosophical. He talked about being a prisoner of war in Vietnam at a time his own father commanded all U.S. forces in the pacific.

Both his father and grandfather were four-star admirals, the only such pair in navy history.

McCain says he is descended from a family of american warriors devoted to honor, courage and duty.