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CNN Senior National Editor
Probably not the product placement John McCain was looking for.
McCain is in New York, preparing for Wednesday’s final presidential debate. His Manhattan hotel happens to be next to the Ziegfeld Theatre, the site of Tuesday night’s premiere of Oliver Stone’s new biopic about President Bush, called “W."
McCain has tried to distance himself at times from the President on the campaign . But he left the hotel to attend a fundraiser just as the red carpet arrivals for the premiere were getting underway. People were already lined up next to signs like, “W: A Life Understood” for the inaugural showing, just as the candidate walked out of the hotel.
McCain's motorcade then passed directly in front of the main entrance to the theater, just ten feet from the red carpet itself. But he didn’t have any close calls with the celebrities.
CNN producer Peter Hamby, staying in the McCain hotel, saw Stone arrive outside his hotel room window. If McCain had any reaction, reporters weren’t able to see it.
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