BATON ROUGE, La. — Now that there is a presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, the presumptive Republican nominee began to show some inklings Wednesday of what his general election strategy might look like.

Sen. John McCain continued to attack Barack Obama on foreign policy but made the unusual suggestion that the two men hold a series of joint town-hall-style appearances this summer.

And McCain made a pitch to the disaffected supporters of Democratic runner-up Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"I would welcome any of Sen. Clinton's supporters' votes," he said after praising her and her campaign for the third day in a row.

In short, McCain started down the difficult path of trying to grab back some attention from the protracted Democratic primary and appealing to the independent voters he will need without alienating the Republican Party's conservative base.