McCain's role in killing Boeing tanker contract hasn't cost him Kansas

October 17, 2008 

For the third time in three presidential debates, Republican nominee John McCain has cited shooting down an air tanker contract that would have brought hundreds of jobs to Kansas as one his biggest Senate triumphs.

But his comments and other McCain ties to Boeing Co.' s chief rival, Airbus, seem to have done little to diminish his chances of winning Kansas in the November election.

In Wednesday night's debate against Democratic nominee Barack Obama, McCain took credit for halting a Department of Defense deal in which Boeing would have leased air tankers to the Air Force. That contract would have created about 1,100 jobs in Wichita.

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