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Truck driver gets surprise one-on-one with McCain

An unusual visitor landed in Ric Perkins' backyard on Friday. Well, almost.

Perkins lives in the Pennington Place subdivision just across from the Rock Hill/York County Airport. As the 40-year-old truck driver prepared for an afternoon jog, his wife told him John McCain's campaign bus was parked near their home.

When Perkins went outside to check it out, he saw a jet touch down on the landing strip. Turns out, it was McCain's flight.

"It was just me and him and his little entourage," Perkins said. "So, I yelled at him and said, 'Mr. McCain, Mr. McCain, 'can you come over here? I have a question.'"

McCain is scheduled to appear this morning on NBC's "Meet the Press," but a grilling from Tim Russert might not be much tougher than what the Arizona senator got at the airport. A McCain rep confirmed the encounter the next day.

Perkins pressed McCain on how he would deal with the increase in Mexican truck traffic carrying goods into the United States.

"This is just me and him, man on man, a presidential candidate talking to an American truck driver," Perkins said.

"I told him that I would vote for him if he would stand in front of cameras against illegal immigration," Perkins recalled. "He said, 'Well, thank you for taking an interest in your country.'"

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