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John McCain Stumps For Oregon Senate Candidate Monica Wehby

Arizona Senator John McCain campaigned in Salem for Oregon GOP Senate hopeful Monica Wehby.
Chris Lehman
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Northwest News Network
Arizona Senator John McCain campaigned in Salem for Oregon GOP Senate hopeful Monica Wehby.

Arizona Senator John McCain came to Oregon Thursday to stump for Republican Senate hopeful Monica Wehby.

Arizona Senator John McCain campaigned in Salem for Oregon GOP Senate hopeful Monica Wehby.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network
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Northwest News Network
Arizona Senator John McCain campaigned in Salem for Oregon GOP Senate hopeful Monica Wehby.

The 2008 GOP presidential nominee made multiple stops in an effort to help Wehby's struggling campaign.

In Salem, McCain headlined a $250 a plate fundraiser then stopped to rally a crowd at a Wehby field office. The five-term senator blasted incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley's foreign policy credentials.

Wehby is a pediatric neurosurgeon with no foreign policy experience of her own. But McCain said she'd still be an improvement over Merkley.

"She has the right instinct,” McCain said. “She has the right ideas. She has the right ideals. And she will listen to people who have that."

Wehby has been fighting a wave of negative headlines recently. She's been accused of using plagiarized policy positions on her website as well as dodging debates and editorial board appearances. Wehby has consistently trailed Merkley in the polls.

The first-term Democrat isn't taking his re-election for granted, though. Merkley's campaign is bringing in Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren this month.

Copyright 2014 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.