Skip to comments.McCain absence annoys some at GOP gathering
Posted on 06/14/2008 6:41:40 AM PDT by engrpat
Star-Telegram staff writer
John McCain is ignoring 7,000 Texas Republicans this weekend.
Some of them are returning the favor.
Instead of speaking to the state party convention this weekend, McCain will come to Texas on Monday to raise money at a Dallas barbecue.
"Where is he?" asked Sara Fischer, 31, of Mansfield, brushing past a volunteer futilely trying to pass out McCain lapel stickers.
"I didn't support McCain," she said. "But I have to now. He's our candidate. It seems like he should be here."
Inside the exhibit hall, the McCain T-shirts at one souvenir stand were marked down from $15 to $8 -- two for $15.
At the door, campaign volunteer Hector Medina, 26, of San Antonio waved McCain stickers as delegates streamed past.
"Some Republicans aren't very excited," said Medina, an Army recruit leaving Monday for basic training. "They just say, 'He's not my guy.'"
McCain is not snubbing the entire state. Besides coming to Dallas and Midland on Monday, he'll go to Houston on Tuesday for what is billed as a major speech on energy policy.
But today, he's somewhere hosting a telephone town hall meeting at cityhall.johnmccain.com.
That could originate anywhere. They have phones now in Houston.
"The senator is looking forward to coming to Texas Monday, and he will be delivering a major policy speech," said McCain spokesman Jeff Sadosky, returning a call.
Keynote speaker and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney of Massachusetts was authorized to represent McCain at the convention, along with former candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sadosky said.
Republican state Rep. Phil King of Weatherford helped lead the Texas presidential campaign for Huckabee, who was loudly applauded for a down-home speech Friday afternoon.
"I'm really surprised that McCain's not here," King said. "I've always been told that this is the largest gathering of Republicans in the country. I'm taken aback."
(Sometimes, Texas' convention outdraws the national event.)
King went over the case for McCain: "He's very strongly pro-life. He's strong on defense. I feel confident in his Supreme Court nominees. But he's not as strong on immigration as I want and not the fiscal conservative we need."
U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Flower Mound, an obstetrician, is helping write McCain's healthcare platform.
"The reality is, his campaign needs are greater in other places," Burgess said. "Texas' vote is probably not a question mark."
One recent poll showed McCain winning Texas with 52 percent to 39 for Democratic nominee Barack Obama. But McCain might lose the 5 percent of Texas Republicans who supported the presidential candidacy of maverick U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.
Fischer, the conventioneer who didn't want a McCain sticker, said she supported Huckabee.
"Huckabee is funny," she said. "He's seems like my dad. McCain seems like the old uncle that you have to bring to holiday parties."
Her biggest complaint is that she hasn't seen enough of McCain. The extended Democratic campaign has resulted in two months of free publicity for Obama.
"Obama is a much more appealing candidate to people my age," she said. "He has better ads and better music. ... McCain hasn't been on TV at all. I really don't know anything about him, except that he was in Vietnam."
And that he wasn't in Texas.
McCain snubbed the Virginia convention in May, also.
....remember the “uncola” advertising campaign? McCain is going to campaign as the “unRepublican”......he will take conservative votes if he can get them......but he will run as an independent of the center/right, Left.
....conservatives don’t have a dog in this fight.
he'll go to Houston on Tuesday for what is billed as a major speech on energy policyJohn, do it! Take the plunge!
Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less.You will win in November in a landslide!
Show some mental agility.
Show some guts.
Show you actually care about what happens to us!
Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less.
Please don't throw this golden opportunity away.
Another one? Unless he reverses policy on cap and trade, drilling in ANWR, and the ethanol boondoggle, he's just going to alienate more people -- well, at least the ones that don't vote for a candidate because he "has better music."
"I didn't support him...[but] It seems like he should be here." Seems like she's a little full of herself.
VOTE MCCAIN - BECAUSE SOCIALISM STILL SUCKS
VOTE MCCAIN - BECAUSE THE ALTERNATIVE IS TOO STUPID TO CONSIDER
VOTE MCCAIN - BECAUSE...WELL...JUST BECAUSE!
McCain wants the Conservative vote, he wants the Conservative’s money.
What will he do in return.
Not a damn thing.
“VOTE MCCAIN - BECAUSE SOCIALISM STILL SUCKS”
VOTE MCCAIN - BECAUSE HE’S A SOCIALIST TOO!
“VOTE MCCAIN - BECAUSE THE ALTERNATIVE IS TOO STUPID TO CONSIDER”
VOTE MCCAIN - BECAUSE IS NOT AS STUPID
Nope. But I've seen a few Obama stickers. By the way, I live in a "red" county in a 'blue" state.
Well said. I have been saying the same thing but seems like talking to a brick wall. McCain, having been in the DC bubble just doesn't understand how important the grass root troops are to any one running for office. If you can't get your base out you aren't going to get anyone else out. I have noticed that when McCain does address a group there really isn't much enthusiasm or energy. I would love to be able to get out there and help but he doesn't want it.
Your tagline says it all.
Conservatives lose this election big time.
Too bad McCain is not absent from the race.
Thanks, it used to say.
“Be a maverick in the Republican Party, don’t do anything McCain wants you to do.”
I've got this one, which perfectly sums up the mood of the Tx convention delegates:
I've seen maybe ONE "official" McCain sticker on a car so far (and I live in a majority-GOP town).
Who says we have to support McShame.
My suggestion is that we snub McCain in the general. My opinion is that McCain is no better than Obama. If you have any doubts wait till he gets done speaking to the racist LaRaza convention. The GOP is run by RINOs and deserves to be disbanded.