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Obama Upgrades Plane

Barack Obama is done with his Boeing 737 aircraft and will upgrade to a larger 757 model, The Swamp's John McCormick writes today. On the bigger plane, Obama will ferry his ever-increasing press corps between campaign events, though Obama said the upgrade was also made necessary because the smaller plane was being used for the NCAA tournament.

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Politics Nation rode Air Huckabee out of Iowa this year aboard
a Boeing 737. Huckabee, campaign manager Chip Saltsman
and wife Janet Huckabee meet the press.
Obama will use an aircraft from North America Airlines, a company that once ran flights from Baltimore and New York to Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria. Due to rising fuel prices, the company will discontinue commercial flights in May, according to a statement on their website in order to focus on the charter market.

The question of presidential candidates' choice of campaign plans is one that will move approximately zero votes, and really matters only to an irritable press corps that wants to get from one place to another while avoiding death, if at all possible. That may not always be an option, though, as reporters with Mike Huckabee's campaign found out when their plane required an emergency landing at a New Jersey airport, with CNN's Shawna Shepard and NBC/NJ's Matt Berger aboard.

When Mitt Romney and John McCain used JetBlue charters earlier this year, one couldn't help but notice the choice in aircraft: JetBlue flies A320s, a model manufactured by the European aerospace giant Airbus. Both candidates had excuses, though. McCain and Boeing have a long and testy relationship thanks to hearings the senator held on suspicious Defense Department contracts the company was involved with. And Romney, based in Boston, took advantage of one of JetBlue's main hubs in his own backyard.