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Brazilian Woman Finds Fame As McCain's Old Flame

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - A former model and ballerina is making headlines across Brazil after being identified as John McCain's lover 51 years ago.

Maria Gracinda Teixeira (tex-ER'-ah)says she's the woman the Republican presidential candidate fondly describes -- though never by name -- in his 1999 book "Faith of My Fathers."

In the book, McCain says he met a "Brazilian fashion model" as a young Navy sailor in Rio de Janeiro when his ship, the destroyer USS Hunt, docked in the city for a week in 1957.

Local reporters tracked Teixeria down late last week, turning her into an overnight media sensation.

Teixeria, who's now 77, declined requests for an interview today. But she told Brazilian media last week that the young McCain was a romantic and a "good kisser."

McCain wrote that he returned to Rio after the short stay and saw her again, but that the romance didn't blossom for long because of "youthful impatience and short attention spans."

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