In battleground of Florida, McCain links economy, security

MIAMI (AP) - John McCain meets privately today in Florida with former top military officials who advise him on national security.

He's expected to issue a statement afterward outlining his views on security threats to the nation.

Aides say McCain's argument is that he is better prepared than Barack Obama to lead the U.S. in a troubled world because of his military background.

McCain has been telling supporters his tightfisted approach to the economy is more likely to help the nation recover from the turmoil that has frozen credit markets.

Campaign strategists say linking the issues of economic and national security will resonate with voters who worry about the direction the country is headed.

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