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     COMMENTS: His Motherís Son

CBS anchor Katie Couric took the day off but not until she had completed a Mother's Day interview with Republican Presidential nominee-to-be John McCain and his mother Roberta Wright McCain. Couric covered the young Miss Wright's elopement to Tijuana to marry McCain's sailor father--"I was just young and stupid"--and his prayerful anguish, when an admiral, at his son's captivity in Hanoi as prisoner of war. Couric did not talk issues with either mother or son: "We are pretty well in tune," said he, after conceding that "we do not always agree." The main role the 96-year-old plays in her seventysomething son's candidacy is to undercut worries about his advancing age: "That is why I have to take her with me wherever I go." Asked Couric: "What are you going to do for your mom for Mother's Day?" "Tell her how beautiful she is."

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