Sen. John McCain stopped in Columbia on Monday afternoon.
The Republican presidential nominee from Arizona landed at the Columbia Regional Airport around 12:30 p.m. As McCain disembarked from the plane, a man yelled, "Go get 'em, John."
McCain shook a few hands and embraced Christine Ellinger, the campaign's fourth congressional district co-chair.
Ellinger said McCain is going to tour Columbia businesses "and get to know people and what they're doing and daily life."
A crowd of about 15 people assembled outside the airport's fence to see him descend from the plane.
Florence Phillips was dropping off her daughter at the airport when another of her daughters, Cheryl Daubin, told her McCain was landing.
"Your man is coming," Daubin told her.
Phillips, who also saw John F. Kennedy at the Joplin Airport in 1962, said she was upset at the small size of the crowd gathered to see McCain.
McCain campaign volunteer Jane Stuart agreed. In 2000, when then-Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush visited the airport there was a much larger crowd, Stuart said.
News of McCain's plan to stop in Columbia surfaced on Thursday but remained unconfirmed by the campaign until Monday morning.
McCain stopped at Buckingham Smokehouse Bar-B-Q after leaving the airport in a motorcade.
McCain's stop in Columbia is between a pair of rallies in Missouri — in St. Charles at 9 a.m. and in Belton at 3:45 p.m.
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