McCain Speech to Civil Rights Group Today

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Cincinnati (AP) John McCain today will tell the NAACP that he will expand education opportunities for children in failing schools.

the presumptive Republican presidential nominee addresses the group's annual convention today in Cincinnati.

In excerpts released ahead of his speech, McCain says the worst educational problems in the country are often found in schools in black communities and he will provide greater school choices and scholarships for such students if he's elected.

McCain also asks the civil rights group to excuse his absence from their convention last year, saying he was “a bit distracted” dealing with his then-faltering presidential campaign.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke to the group Monday.

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