To the surprise of many reporters, instead of introducing his running mate, John McCain introduced his “special friend” Daddy Yankee (née Ramon Ayala) at Phoenix’s Central High School (his wife Cindy’s alma mater) on Monday.

Boasting not only the Latino vote, Mccain, who met the “Gasolina” reggaeton singer a party for Time’s Most Influential People list, is showing his hip, young factor by being seen with the hip artist.

“I’m here endorsing Sen. McCain,” said Daddy Yankee, who decided to endorse McCain after he supported the immigration reform bill. “I believe in his ideals to lead this nation…he’s been a fighter for the Hispanic community…he’s been a fighter for the immigration issue…”

“I just want to say thank you Daddy Yankee,” McCain added.

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