UNDATED (AP) _ John McCain will essentially kick off his
campaign for the November election Tuesday with a prime time
speech in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, Louisiana.
The likely GOP presidential nominee is timing the address to coincide with the final Democratic primaries to signal the start of the national campaign.
The Arizona Republican, often described as a maverick within the party, is expected to contrast his history of fighting for government reform to Democrat Barack Obama's rhetoric for change. McCain also plans to argue that the first term Illinois Democrat offers the wrong kind of change.
A former aide to Republican Mitt Romney says McCain has a ``long record'' of ``having led the charge of reform-minded change'' but
he says there's a ``canyon between Barack Obama's rhetoric of
change and what he's ever achieved.''