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Political Play: McCain gets "American Chopper"


occmccain1MEDIA, PA (AP) -- John McCain picked up a surprise gift Tuesday, an Orange County Chopper motorcycle, courtesy of the stars of the "American Chopper" reality TV series who roared in to present it to the Republican presidential hopeful.

Father and son co-stars Paul and Paulie "Junior" Teutul, whose show about building custom bikes together is a popular Learning Channel staple, appeared at McCain's rally in this Philadelphia suburb to honor him with a special bike they'd built to recognize Vietnam-era prisoners of war.

McCain, a former Navy pilot, spent five and a half years in a Vietnam prison camp after being shot down in 1967.

His running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, introduced the Teutuls and noted that Paul Sr., like McCain, is a Vietnam veteran.

occmccain2The elder Teutul briefly addressed the crowd. "How many people out there love their country and the military?" he asked to loud cheers.

McCain clearly was pleased with the gesture.

"Sarah and I are going to get on that chopper and ride it straight to Washington!" he said.

Staffers to the Arizona senator later said the chopper would remain with the Teutuls and continue to serve as a tribute to all POWs.

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