McCain for President

(Bumped in anticipation of the Primary. – promoted by EaBo Clipper)

This year has been a tough year for me to latch on to a presidential candidate.  Early in the cycle based on conversations I had with friends working for Mitt Romney I was leaning towards our former Governor.  As time has gone on I’ve been leaning away for various reasons none of which would be total deal breakers if Romney were to get the nomination but have caused me to shift my support.

Earlier this year I had great hopes for Fred Thompson but he’s just fizzled as a candidate. I agree with a lot of his positions but I don’t see him as having the charisma to run an effective campaign.

This all brings me back to the man I supported in 2000, John McCain.  I’ll be honest, I initially was dead set against supporting John McCain in this cycle because of his authoring of the incumbent protection act known as Campaign Finance Reform.  He and I agree that corporate influence in politics is bad, but his law with it’s contribution limits has forced more of that influence into the shadows. It has not shone the light on money in politics.  The only way to do that is through no limits and 100% 24 hour reporting of campaign contributions, in my opinion.  This was a tremendous non-starter in my book until recently.

If I truly believe that the biggest threat we face as a nation is Islamic Terrorism, then there is only one man that has been at the forefront of that fight in Washington that is in this race.  That man is John McCain.  Senator McCain truly understands that we are fighting a multi-generational war for the soul of the planet.  That the “War on Terror” isn’t just some sound bite.  He truly believes that this is a long process and that there will be setbacks but we can’t retreat when we hit those setbacks, but must move forward.  He was right about the surge from 2002 on.  He wanted more troops in Iraq and Rumsfeld didn’t.  His strategy has worked, Rumsfeld’s didn’t.

John McCain is also the most honest man in this race.  Some may say that he is honest to a fault.  I find that refreshing in a Presidential Candidate.  The most recent example of this was in his Christmas Ad.  Many people have commented about Mike Huckabee’s “flying cross”, now I’m not going to say whether or not Huckabee’s people put the cross in their for subliminal effect, because I just don’t know.  However, John McCain, being John McCain, came out with an ad and said effectively “there, there’s a cross and it’s in my ad”, no hokey effect, just there it is.  I find that refreshing, and that ad is the one that put me over the top and in McCain’s Camp.

To those that say John McCain isn’t conservative enough, I say hogwash.  John McCain has an 83% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union.  He has been a tireless crusader against earmark spending; he is the most solidly pro-life of any of the current candidates; he has demonstrated his support of the military time and time again; and is now a supporter of President Bush’s tax cuts which saved our nation from recession in the early 2000s.  John McCain is a conservative.

I went up to McCain HQ on Wednesday to make some phone calls, and saw dedicated people from around the nation, taking two weeks of their lives to help Senator McCain.  His campaign has momentum and I think he has a great chance at being our nominee.

Finally, I’m supporting McCain because of electability.  John McCain is the most electable of our candidates in a General Election.  He is not a polarizing figure and is the overwhelming choice of independents.  We need those independents in order to win the general election.

I am proud to support Senator McCain and hope that you will give him your consideration.

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  • KatieMcLaughlin

    I decided to join McCain in October and helped out in his HQ in DC. I was originally staying away from him because he was liberal on funding embryonic stem-cell research but thank God that is no longer an issue with adult stem-cells proving to be working. Many people forget about his pro-life voting record which is quite impressive. Mostly, I like him because he is simply a bad a**. Who wouldn’t want this guy fighting the war on terror?? I’ll be up in NH starting Jan. 2nd. If you need a ride, let me know!  

  • except a few things are missing……mainly concerning his actions.

    I don’t care what he SAYS…I care about his ACTIONS.

    I don’t care if he supports Bush’s tax cuts NOW.  I care that he voted against them when given a chance to act.

    I care that he brought CFR to fruition through his actions.

    I care that he was the much publicized member of the gang-of-14 to squash Bush’s fed court nominees.

    I care that he got in bed with the Drunken Senator to come up with that atrocious plan to deal with illegal immigrants.

    I care that he sells out his own ideology and party to reach across the aisle….never forcing the political opposition to concede THEIR ideology….it’s a one way street to “them” and he gleefully walks down it.

    …..and I’d like to know where he got this military strategy expertise from.  He’s a pilot, not an infantry general……or even an infantry Sarge like I was…bet I know more about small-unit tactics than he ever will…just like he’d know more about air superiority than I ever will.  It amazes me that, because he was a pilot and a POW that people give more credence to his military strategy talking points over anyone else that has military advisors.  Really…I’d like to know where he got his training in ground tactics that gives his opinions on ground tactics more credence than any one else’s.

    Or is it just that he “served” or “served in combat”?  Well…so did Duncan Hunter…..with a Ranger unit as an unqualified Lt.  

    It’s quite illogical to say that “because the surge is working now…or worked when it did” that “the surge would have worked in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006” (I don’t know how he was right about a surge from 2002 on when we weren’t in country until March 2003) or any other time that is was not implemented…….or by any other general in charge on the ground…different generals have different styles of leadership and different day-to-day tactical decisions.  

    Would a surge have worked on July 8th, 2003 under General Abizaid?  I’d say no, thinking that, at the time, a surge of more troops would simply be adding more targets for little gain….but I don’t “know” and neither does John McCain or anyone else.

    Regardless…it’s not his military stragtegy opinions…it’s McCains actions as a “maverick” Senator(translated:  sell out on issues important to me) that will keep me from voting for him in the primary.

  • Knightbrigade

    the reason why electability is not a top priority.

    If she is nominated she will galvanize Socons and Ficons, like peanut butter and jelly.

    I would vote for a dead cat before I would ever give her power.

    Obama could be much more of a problem. Being like our Governor Deval a smiling empty suit slogan king, Obama could get people to vote on (feelings) instead of issues.

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    John McCain is a man of honor and integrity, which is sadly lacking in today’s political marketplace.  We could do a lot worse than to have this fine man in the Oval Office.

    It does bother me some that he has worked so closely with Ted Kennedy on so many issues.  His opinion on illegal immigration/amnesty and taxes bothers me a lot, but still he is no doubt a very good man.

  • I met McCain last year when he was campaigning for Chan Woodcock against John Baldacci – and I was shocked at how old and frail he was in person.  He is a fine and honorable man, but his chance was 8 years ago – not 8 years into the future.


    “A thousand years. A million years. Ten million years,” McCain said. “It depends on the arrangement we have with the Iraqi government.”

    That’s not going to look good in whatever ad Obama runs against him.