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WASHINGTON (AFP) — Republican White House pick John McCain heads to Colombia Tuesday, on a trip also including Mexico, designed to draw sharp contrasts over trade and foreign policy with Democratic foe Barack Obama.
The Arizona senator's itinerary was also sketched with an eye on domestic politics, and the tussle for the critical bloc of Hispanic voters in the United States, especially in key western battleground states.
McCain is due to meet Colombian President Alvaro Uribe on Tuesday in Cartagena, before holding a press conference, and will then head to Mexico City for talks on Thursday with President Felipe Calderon.
"There are significant differences between myself and Senator Obama, and I look forward to discussing those," McCain told reporters on Monday.