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Republican presidential candidate John McCain was in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon to address small business owners, and court Mayor Michael Bloomberg's support.

Bloomberg introduced the Arizona senator before Thursday's economic roundtable discussion in Bay Ridge.

While the mayor has not formally endorsed any presidential candidate, he has said he would support someone who worked to solve problems and avoided partisan politics - something that McCain touched upon in his speech.

"Bipartisan efforts may not make for great political theater, but they remain the most effective way to address quickly our nation's problems," he said. "Bipartisan efforts are also sometimes less than perfect, and I believe we can improve on the legislation before Congress."

"I think it's fair to say that it's unlikely that any voter will agree with anything that you hear today or that you hear from any one candidate, but the measure I think we ought to apply in judging candidates is are they candid, do they offer concrete solutions to our most difficult problems and that's what I'll be looking for today," said the mayor.

McCain endorsed Bloomberg during the mayor's 2001 campaign.

Earlier Thursday, McCain appeared on ABC's "The View," where he defended his stance on the war in Iraq and reiterated that U.S. troops should not be withdrawn from the country.

McCain's visit came one day after Democratic presidential candidate and New York Senator Hillary Clinton raised millions of dollars in the city.

He will campaign in Texas on Friday.

Thousands attended a Clinton fundraiser at Radio City Music Hall, where Elton John performed.

The legendary British singer said he was not a political person, but he believes in the work Clinton does.

Tickets ranged in price from $125-$2,300. Supporters estimate the campaign pulled in $2.5 million in cash.

Clinton campaigned in Pennsylvania Thursday, ahead of the state's April 22 primary.

A new Time Magazine poll in the state gives her an eight-point lead over Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, during a campaign stop in Indiana Thursday, Obama talked about everything from the military to presidential term lengths.

Obama said when it comes to gays in the military, he favors getting rid of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy if elected. He also offered up some harsh words on President George W. Bush's decision regarding U.S. troops.

"President Bush announced today that he was going to put a pause on the withdrawal so that we are going to have 140,000 troops - and it's estimated that we will have at least 140,000 troops - there until the end of the year. In other words, there is no end in sight."

As for the term limits, Obama said he would like to serve two terms as president.

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