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McCain to make stop in Bucks tomorrow

Sen. John McCain will be in Pennsylvania tomorrow, making his second visit in 30 days to a state in which he plans a significant effort this fall.

Sen. John McCain will be in Pennsylvania tomorrow, making his second visit in 30 days to a state in which he plans a significant effort this fall.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to attend an early-afternoon town-hall meeting in Pipersville, Bucks County. It will be held at Worth & Company Inc., a large provider of mechanical contracting and maintenance services.

McCain was last in Pennsylvania on April 30, when he attended a fund-raising lunch in Bethlehem and talked about health care to hospital staffers in Allentown.

Tomorrow's town-hall meeting is not open to the general public.

- Larry Eichel

3 candidates sign save-Darfur ad

WASHINGTON - In a rare show of bipartisan unity, the three presidential candidates lent their names to a statement and newspaper ad yesterday accusing the Sudanese government of genocide in the Darfur region and urging an end to the violence.

Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton joined with Republican John McCain in signing the ad in the New York Times.

"We stand united and demand that the genocide and violence in Darfur be brought to an end," says the ad. It was paid for by the SaveDarfur Coalition, which describes itself as an alliance of more than 180 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations.

The coalition has posted videos on its Web site of the candidates discussing Darfur and a joint statement from them condemning the Sudanese government as chiefly responsible for the violence and for failing to adhere to a peace agreement.

"If peace and security for the people of Sudan are not in place when one of us is inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009, we pledge that the next administration will pursue these goals with unstinting resolve," the ad says. President Bush has also labeled the situation in Darfur as genocide.

- AP

Lieberman backs a rejected pastor

WASHINGTON - Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) said yesterday that he would address a July conference hosted by the Rev. John Hagee, who was spurned by John McCain for his claim that God sent Adolf Hitler to help Jews reach the promised land.

"I believe that Pastor Hagee has made comments that are deeply unacceptable and hurtful," Lieberman said in a statement. "I also believe that a person should be judged on the entire span of his or her life's works. Pastor Hagee has devoted much of his life to fighting anti-Semitism and building bridges between Christians and Jews."

Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice-presidential nominee and one of McCain's strongest supporters, plans to appear at Hagee's "Christians United for Israel" summit in Washington. McCain last week rejected Hagee's endorsement.

- AP

Clinton, in S.D., visits Rushmore

MOUNT RUSHMORE, S.D. - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, her future far from carved in stone, yesterday visited Mount Rushmore.

Campaigning in South Dakota before its primary Tuesday, she bundled up against chilly weather to walk through the area and listen as a park ranger described the history of the mountainside chiseled with the visages of Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt.

- AP