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    Bobby Jindal spends weekend with McCains under media glare

    New York (PTI): Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal rubbed shoulders with other vice-presidentship aspirants at a weekend retreat hosted by presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain at his Arizona ranch amid intense media glare.

    Journalists camped outside McCain's Sedona ranch to catch a glimpse of the high-profile guests invited over to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend amid speculation that it was actually an exercise to zero in on his running mate for the November presidential elections.

    McCain and his high profile guests piled into vans and SUVs for a short drive to lunch at the nearby hilltop Jerome Grand Hotel on Saturday.

    Joining McCain and wife Cindy for lunch were Jindal and two other favourites former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Governor Charlie Crist of Florida.

    Dressed in casual weekend gear, the party dined on calamari, steak sandwiches, and burgers at the hotel's restaurant, The Asylum, the CNN reported.

    McCain, however, has said he is just having a group of friends for the Memorial Day weekend to visit him and enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the United States.

    The Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to pay homage to American men and women who died while fighting for the country.

    During lunch, the McCains sat with Senator Sam Brownback and his wife, and Crist and a companion, while the rest of the guests spread out at three other tables.

    McCain picked up the tab for the group and appeared irritated by the press.


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