- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 2, 2000

PHILADELPHIA — Cindy McCain has had a bittersweet week at the Republican National Convention at which she had once expected her husband would be nominated for president.
She is mourning the death two weeks ago of her father, an influential Arizona businessman, at the same time she personally delivered to Texas Gov. George W. Bush the Arizona delegates won in the primary by her husband, Sen. John McCain.
"This is part of a process which we believe will restore honor, dignity, and grace to the White House," said Mrs. McCain, the Arizona delegation chairman, when she added 30 votes to the Bush total during Round 1 of the Republican National Convention roll call Monday night.
After a gathering of the clan for dinner at the Prime Rib last night, the families of Cindy and John McCain moved to the VIP box.
With them were four of the seven McCain brood — Doug, 40, Andy, 37, Sydney, 33, and Meghan, 15 — to watch the senator fill a runner-up slot at the very spot where he had hoped to be standing 48 hours later, on the way to the White House.
"His mood is fine," she said of her husband in a brief interview yesterday with The Washington Times.
"We got over the loss when we lost. That was the day of Super Tuesday. It's all part of the process," she said when asked about her husband.
But while she played her role in the roll call, she said, "reading notes from a piece of scrap paper," she hoped her own inner feelings didn't show.
"I hope I appeared calm. I was sad in a way because I lost my father two weeks ago and I would have liked him to see it," she said yesterday. "Many things were going through my head."
She described her father, James Hensley, 80, statewide distributor for Anheuser-Busch products, an inspiration "as the epitome of the kind of people who come out of Arizona."
When it fell to her as chairman to hand over the delegates — which her husband released Sunday — she tried to do it in a classy way, linking her husband's name with other icons of Arizona politics, including Barry Goldwater and Paul Fannin.
"I am proud and deeply humbled to represent my home state of Arizona, my country and my family," she told the convention during the hours away from prime-time television.
"We from Arizona enthusiastically and unanimously present our 30 delegates for nomination of Governor George W. Bush for president of the United States," she said.


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