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Time again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative online destinations. Our web guide is VOA's Art Chimes.

The two major U.S. political parties are holding their presidential nominating conventions, and to help you get to know the candidates, we're featuring their websites.

Last week we introduced you to Barack Obama's site.

This time, ahead of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, we take a look at

The candidates' websites are a great way to learn about the men who want to be president. At John McCain's website you can read about his experience as a prisoner of war and his years in the U.S. Senate. And it's where the candidate lays out his views on issues from the economy to immigration to national security.

"One of the reasons why I feel so strongly about America's image in the world is because I think we'll win this struggle the same way we won the Cold War, and that's to prove our superiority, our values, our ideals, and our goals are far greater than this threat of radical Islamic extremism that challenges us," says the candidate in an online video.

This is also a great place to get a sense of how Americans experience a political campaign. You can watch the same TV ads that we get to see — some are negative ads, and others focus on John McCain's strengths.

"... McCain puts the country first. He's a straight shooter. A conservative who has worked across the aisle. Broad appeal to the middle of the electorate. Steadiness. Consistency. ..." [Michigan Endorsed," January 2008]

Politicians like to line up endorsements, and so on, you'll hear what former secretary of state Henry Kissinger has to say.

"I think I was one of the early people who urged him to run for president. And I believed then, and I believe now that he's the best candidate to serve our nation in an extremely difficult and complicated period."

The site also serves as a gathering place for various categories of supporters, from Asian Americans and small business owners, to fans of NASCAR auto racing.

Learn about one of the two men hoping to be the next U.S. president at, or get the link to this and more than 200 other Websites of the Week from our site,