Woodstock Museum Ensnared in Presidential Race

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In upstate New York, people are a little surprised that a local construction project has become fodder for a national political controversy.

A museum being built on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival is now a topic in the presidential race.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is blasting New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton for trying to get federal funding for the museum.

A McCain advertisement in New Hampshire that features scenes from Woodstock began running last week after both of New York's senators pushed for an appropriation for the museum. After the project began to be branded as a "hippie museum," its funding was stripped from the bill.

The negative publicity shocked residents in upstate New York. Mike Egan, who is in charge of the project officially known as the Museum at Bethel Woods, says it's not just a Woodstock altar but an exploration of the 1960s.



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