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Opinion: Are beach flip-flops (the foot kind) from John McCain a smart idea?

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This morning, aboard John McCain‘s Straight Talk Express jet, one of the Arizona senator’s favorite traveling companions -- Steve Duprey, who co-chaired McCain’s Republican primary effort in New Hampshire and has been hanging around ever since -- handed out little customized bottles of McCain sunscreen.

News reporters on the plane also received yellow-and-blue flip-flops printed with the message ‘McCain ... Another Day at the Beach.’

Certainly the sunscreen -- SPF 30 -- is an excellent idea for McCain, who still bears the faint scars of surgery for melanoma on the left side of his face.

But flip-flops?

Isn’t that a rather dangerous form of footwear for a senator who has been accused by some in his own party of changing his positions on issues such as immigration reform and tax cuts?

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Back at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, certain enterprising capitalists had trouble keeping one popular item in stock: John Kerry flip-flops.

On the other hand, as The Ticket reported Sunday California’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is among the many who think flip-flops (the speaking kind) are good for society because they show growth and learning.

-- Robin Abcarian


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