John McCain tells reporters that he will accept public financing for the general election. Here's a pool report from Laura Meckler of the Wall Street Journal.

"On the Straight Talk Express from the airport to the hotel in Minneapolis, Sen. John McCain said that his campaign has decided that it will accept public financing for the general election. “We will take public financing,” Asked what his thinking was, he said, “Because we decided to take public financing.”

McCain also expanded on comments yesterday about whether he would reconsider opposition to drilling in ANWR. He said if given new information he would of course consider it, but that he remains opposed to drilling.

On the bus, most of the questioning was done by two local reporters. Gov. Tim Pawlenty and his wife, Mary, were aboard, and one of the reporters asked McCain in several ways whether Pawlenty was being considered for VP. McCain praised the governor but declined to say whether he was on a short list or give any other insight into the matter. He said there really isn’t a short list.

The other reporter asked a series of questions along the lines of “if you could have any super power, what power would you want” and “what is the worst thing you ever did as a youth. (McCain didn’t name a super power but spoke of his awe for Mohammed Ali; he could not manage to decide which of the things he did at the Naval Academy would be the worst.) He was also asked what he wanted his epithet to be: “Served his country honorably.” Favorite TV shows: He mentioned “24,” “The Tudors” and “Damages.”

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