“I spoke to Sen. McCain personally four different times during the campaign to see if he would meet with Indian leaders,” Nighthorse Campbell told Indian Country Today in a post-Election Day interview.
“Each time, he assured me he wanted to and he would. But then when I would call his scheduler and his staff people, they absolutely locked Indian people out. They wouldn’t let him meet with them.”
Nighthorse Campbell contrasted McCain’s meager outreach with that of Obama, who, by some counts, visited tribal leaders and/or reservations at least nine times throughout the course of the campaign.
“You can’t live on your laurels in this business,” said the Northern Cheyenne tribal chief.
“You’ve got to keep reassuring people that you’re going to be there for them, and Sen. McCain just simply didn’t do that.”
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