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For months we've observed John McCain's general lack of interest in education. That appears to be starting to change. First there was his big education speech at his high school alma matter. And now, CBS News correspondent Andante Higgins reports that McCain's recent trip to Memphis has stirred a new passion in him for K-12 school reform. A few days later, he told reporters joining him on his campaign plane:??

One thing that's brought home to you when you visit Memphis and talk with much of the leadership in the African-American community, their number one issue probably is education--the disparity between the inner cities and America and the suburbs. I think we need a much larger nation [sic] discussion and debate on that issue. Not just re-authorization of No Child Left Behind. We're going to reauthorize No Child Left Behind, but we better start looking at the disparity really between different school systems in America.

Sounds like a mix between George W. Bush and John Edwards. For those of us claiming that McCain doesn't care about education, it sounds like we're going to need to start singing a different tune.

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