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Give Senator John McCain the S.C. victory he deserves
Charleston Post And Courier ^ | Thursday, January 17, 2008

Posted on 01/18/2008 7:28:43 AM PST by a77

Eight years ago we urged voters in South Carolina's Republican presidential primary to support John McCain. His record since then has left us even more convinced that the Arizona senator should be the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.

Not only has the senator continued to live up to the "straight talk" theme of both campaigns, he has provided the country with positive leadership in critical areas. Well known for an independent streak that has led to deviations from the party line, John McCain mainly reflects mainstream conservative values, as evidenced by his calls for less government regulation and a reduction of federal spending, his opposition to tax hikes, his advocacy of Social Security and Medicare reform, his push for an overhaul of the tax code, and his support for a strong defense.

It is in the latter area that the senator, a former Naval aviator who survived more than five years in captivity in Vietnam, where he suffered physical and mental torture, has been the most effective. His was the knowledgeable voice that got the administration's and nation's attention when he spoke out on what was going wrong with the war in Iraq. He also was among the earliest and most steadfast supporters of Gen. David Petraeus' successful 'surge' strategy.

Never one to duck the tough issues, Sen. McCain has taken the lead on a reasonable solution to the illegal immigration dilemma, which he described to us in a recent interview as one of the most heartfelt emotional issues he has dealt with in his 26 years in Congress. His state is among the most adversely impacted, and he knows better than most the need to secure the borders before any new reform legislation goes into effect. He believes the failure to seal the borders as promised in connection with the discredited 1986 immigrant reform effort is at the root of much of the current public frustration.

While political hay can be made by calling for the blanket deportation of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in this country, that's unrealistic. The senator's more sensible approach calls for deporting the estimated 2 million who have committed crimes while in this country. The remaining 10 million would be punished through fines, required to learn English and to get in line for citizenship behind all others who are here legally. He makes the irrefutable point that it is the federal government's failure to act that is giving the illegal immigrants de facto amnesty.

The McCain spur to congressional action on immigration and other critical issues would be the power of presidential persuasion coupled with his willingness to use his bully pulpit to "call the names" of those who refuse to come to the table. He would preface negotiations, he said, by offering to give all the credit to those willing to work toward a solution. "Politicians," he reminded us, "crave approval." He's also ready to play tough with those who refuse to cooperate by "telling the American people" who "won't sit down with me." That's the kind of straight talk a lot of politicians in Washington would be loath for their constituents to hear.

In fact, the senator clearly feels regular communication with the American people has been sorely lacking. He pledges press conferences at least once every two weeks and also said he would go on television once a week — even if only C-SPAN would cover it — to update the American people "on what's happened where our young people are in harm's way."

In terms of national defense, what he describes as the 'war against radical extremism' would never be far from his thoughts. While he believes al-Qaida is on the run, "it is by no means defeated," and Iraq will continue to be the central battleground. He is encouraged by signs that there is an increased recognition around the world about the nature of the struggle, and he is well equipped to make America's case in the international arena. Certainly as the victim of vicious torture at the hands of the enemy, there is no one more credible to reassure this country and the world "that we will never torture another person in American custody."

He has equal credibility on the domestic side, particularly for his opposition to wasteful spending in general and, specifically, such hot-button, pork-barrel earmarks as a $230 million Alaskan "bridge to nowhere."

The senator notes that he has never asked for an earmark for his state in all his years in Congress and rightly believes that public disenchantment with his party is due to the level of pork-barrel spending that occurred on the Republican watch. He pledges to veto every single piece of legislation that contains an earmark.

What's more, he will make sure the American public knows about such earmarks as the $3 million allocation to study the DNA of bears in Montana and promises to do so with a bit of "good natured" chiding, much in the style of his mentor, Ronald Reagan. We could use more of that kind of humor in Washington.

The 71-year-old senator's also willing to poke a little fun at himself, momentarily pretending to doze off, for example, when the media ask age-related questions, including whether he would be too old to withstand the rigors of being president. In a serious vein he points to the energy level he has displayed during the debates and campaign, noting that age questions should be balanced with those of judgment and experience.

He notes that in the eight years since he first ran, America has been attacked and currently is engaged in two wars. He rightly points out that this is no time for "on the job training."

John McCain correctly gauges the nation's thirst for a problem solver who can cross party lines. He points to Sen. Joe Lieberman's endorsement of him in New Hampshire on national security issues, despite differences on domestic issues, as a "singular" moment in that campaign and as evidence of his ability to attract independent and Democratic votes.

On Saturday, South Carolina voters will once more have the chance to give him the boost he needs to be the Republican nominee in November. Of all the contenders in that primary, he has the best chance of forming bipartisan coalitions to solve this nation's domestic problems and the most credibility and experience in international affairs.

For the good of the country, give tried and trustworthy Sen. John McCain the chance to be president with a much-deserved S.C. Republican primary victory.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: amnesty; elections; endofthegop; endorsement; gangof14; mccain; mcpain; mediabarf; republican; rino; sc2008; wheresthebarfalert; youdeserveabarftoday
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To: Rebeleye

Agree! Maybe South Carolina for Thompson or Hunter?


51 posted on 01/18/2008 7:50:22 AM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: a77
ROFLOLOL I will "NOT" vote for or support McCain.

I'll give you an example of a debate between McCain and Hillary.

Announcement by all networks:
Both candidates agree on all issues, therefore, there is not any reason to have a national debate. May the Best Liberal win!

52 posted on 01/18/2008 7:50:54 AM PST by Paige ("Facts are stubborn things." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: a77

“give tried and trustworthy Sen. John McCain the chance to be president with a much-deserved S.C. Republican primary victory.”......Not a hope in hell of that ever happening!...Just about as much chance as he had to pass amnesty!


53 posted on 01/18/2008 7:51:05 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: a77

54 posted on 01/18/2008 7:51:40 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Proud to be a FREDNECK!!!)
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To: Vaquero
Lindsey Gramnesty???

no gravitas there.

Gravitas? LOL! He floats right out of his loafers!

55 posted on 01/18/2008 7:52:07 AM PST by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: no dems
At least we know what McCain stands for and what he will do.

You are right about that, just draw a bulls eye on your back and mark the spot for him to put the knife in. If he is the last man standing I'll vote for the Democrat, might as well have the real things as to have a Democrat in a rino suite.

56 posted on 01/18/2008 7:52:40 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Rebeleye
Eight years ago we urged voters in South Carolina's Republican presidential primary to support John McCain.

Eight years ago, I supported John McCain. But unlike this fishwrap, I've learned something since.

If McCain-Feingold, open borders and blanket amnesty don't give you any clues about the real John McCain, then I suggest you just vote for whoever George Soros tells you to.

57 posted on 01/18/2008 7:53:28 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Quix

That IS an odd sign. :O)


58 posted on 01/18/2008 7:53:51 AM PST by Petronski ("Make all the promises you have to." --Slick Willard, 9 Jan 08)
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To: a77
On FR there is no a McCainTruthFile, so I’m free to support him.

This is America FRiend...you're free to support whomsoever you please! Just don't expect to find much respect or support for your particular choice here. McCain is a traitor to the GOP in more ways than I can describe here this morning and most Freepers that I know see him as such.

59 posted on 01/18/2008 7:54:44 AM PST by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Vaquero

INDEED.

But I think he may be tooooo duplicitous even for their cough cough ‘standards.’


60 posted on 01/18/2008 7:55:30 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: no dems

I’d bite into something that MIGHT be a sh** sandwich before I’d bite into something I KNOW is a sh** sandwich.


61 posted on 01/18/2008 7:58:14 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Paige

Announcement by all networks:
Both candidates agree on all issues, therefore, there is not any reason to have a national debate. May the Best Liberal win!

Fixed:
Both globalist stooges agree on all issues. Therefore, there is absolutely no reason to have any whiff of a debate. May the best traitorous, communist, Machiavellian, globalist puppet fill the sham role.

62 posted on 01/18/2008 7:58:35 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: a77

“Give Senator John McCain the S.C. victory he deserves”

But....the democrat primary there isn’t for a while yet.


63 posted on 01/18/2008 7:59:08 AM PST by Grunthor (Huckaliar - I think that the rational approach is to find a way to have a pathway to citizenship)
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To: rightazrain
Yeah, the last time we gave the nomination to someone who “deserved” it we got Bob Dole.

Yes. I call John "it's my turn McDole".
64 posted on 01/18/2008 7:59:18 AM PST by khnyny (Clinton and Co. are the carnies of American politics.)
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To: Niteranger68

INDEED.

65 posted on 01/18/2008 7:59:38 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: a77

John! Good of you to take some time off from your campaign to register under a phony name on Free Republic.


66 posted on 01/18/2008 8:00:33 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: a77

WTF?? Welcome to FR, but be ready to take some incoming fire. No RINOs for most people here.


67 posted on 01/18/2008 8:01:55 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 ("It may take another Jimmy Carter to get another Ronald Reagan". Rush Limbaugh Jan. 14, 2008)
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To: Petronski
LOL! An odd 'sign' of the times, indeed.

And this is a fitting sign regarding McChurian:

I'd offer a tissue but can't get it through the wires.

68 posted on 01/18/2008 8:02:21 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: metesky

Thank you. Will you vote for me?


69 posted on 01/18/2008 8:02:38 AM PST by a77
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To: pgkdan

He’s a traitor to the Constitution and to The Republic, as well . . . . and even to AZ.


70 posted on 01/18/2008 8:03:19 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: a77

Never will I vote for this man.


71 posted on 01/18/2008 8:03:20 AM PST by Sybeck1 (McCain/Huckabee 08! Let's make Mississippi, Texas, and Utah swing states!)
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To: a77

So do you hate the first amendment like your candidate does?

So do you hate American soverignty like your candidate does?

So do you feel that the Dem minority had a right to pick Bush’ judge appointments like your candidate does?

That is just three. Juan McCain will NEVER be President and frankly he doesn’t deserve to be.


72 posted on 01/18/2008 8:03:30 AM PST by Grunthor (Huckaliar - I think that the rational approach is to find a way to have a pathway to citizenship)
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To: a77
My advice to you:

Find the nearest restroom ASAP !

73 posted on 01/18/2008 8:03:48 AM PST by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Pssst. Over here.


74 posted on 01/18/2008 8:05:07 AM PST by 300magnum (God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. D.Webster)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Romney would be a fate worse than 100 McCain.


75 posted on 01/18/2008 8:05:19 AM PST by a77
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To: edcoil

McCain also dumped his first wife after she had a horrific car accident and then married a very wealthy woman 17 years younger than himself. Cindy’s wealthy father is the one who gave John McCain his start and provided the connections......


76 posted on 01/18/2008 8:06:00 AM PST by khnyny (Clinton and Co. are the carnies of American politics.)
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To: a77

“Lindsey Graham, a US Senator (SC), is CO-CHAIRMEN of McCain’s campaign!”

And you think that is a GOOD thing?


77 posted on 01/18/2008 8:07:24 AM PST by Grunthor (Huckaliar - I think that the rational approach is to find a way to have a pathway to citizenship)
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To: Quix

Didn’t get any snow over here but I don’t believe the temperature has gone past 15 for the last couple of days. Burrrr!!!


78 posted on 01/18/2008 8:08:46 AM PST by Santa Fe_Conservative (The RINOs think that they have won but we shall see who has the last laugh in '08...)
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To: counterpunch
[McCain's] record since then has left us even more convinced that the Arizona senator should be the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.

That's WTF. Notice they don't say they think he ought to be President, just the nominee.
79 posted on 01/18/2008 8:09:46 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: Rock&RollRepublican
Agree. McInsane has nothing but contempt for conservatives. For faith based folks, it is complete abhorrence and disdain.

People who support or even consider McInsane need to consider how far left he has moved since 2000. If elected he will move even further left to be the “fancy” and “dandy” of the leftist media.

McCain would be a disaster beyond comprehension for conservatives.

80 posted on 01/18/2008 8:11:13 AM PST by MBB1984
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To: a77

McCain is the quintessential phony opportunist. He has done nothing during his VERY long time in public service except stroke his own colossal ego and attempt to screw the country as a by product of his back room deals and politically driven machinations.


81 posted on 01/18/2008 8:11:33 AM PST by khnyny (Clinton and Co. are the carnies of American politics.)
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To: a77

McCain is a Democrat pretending to be a Republican, so he can suck up to the media with his populist pap. They would ignore him, if he were to do the right thing, and switch to a donk.


82 posted on 01/18/2008 8:11:35 AM PST by pallis
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To: a77
Deserves???

Dang, he really is a Democrat.
83 posted on 01/18/2008 8:11:45 AM PST by elizabetty ("Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." .Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: a77

Give McCain the pink slip he deserves.


84 posted on 01/18/2008 8:11:56 AM PST by bmwcyle (McCain Sucks!)
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To: a77

for later.


85 posted on 01/18/2008 8:11:56 AM PST by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: a77

ick


86 posted on 01/18/2008 8:11:57 AM PST by terilyn
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To: a77
I plan on giving him what I gave him in 2000, nothing. So I guess that is what he deserves in SC.

BTW, here in our state being the media anointed candidate is the last thing one wants if they desire a win.

87 posted on 01/18/2008 8:17:15 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: a77
McCain burned his bridges with me after he lost in 2000. He seemed to do everything in his power to make Pres. Bush look bad and himself look good.

He also impresses me as not emotionally stable. I would be scared to death of him as commander in chief of our armed forces.

88 posted on 01/18/2008 8:18:31 AM PST by McGruff (A "Big Time" Fred Thompson supporter!)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

What if he becomes the R. nominee?


89 posted on 01/18/2008 8:19:20 AM PST by a77
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To: a77

From the latest FR poll;

(1/17) Which candidate would you like to see win in South Carolina?

Fred Thompson
61.9%

Duncan Hunter
15.0%

Mitt Romney
12.7%

Rudy Giuliani
3.5%

John McCain
3.5%

Mike Huckabee
3.4%


90 posted on 01/18/2008 8:20:24 AM PST by Grunthor (Huckaliar - I think that the rational approach is to find a way to have a pathway to citizenship)
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To: a77
Sadly, I don't think McCain will get what he "deserves" in my book.


91 posted on 01/18/2008 8:20:33 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Grunthor

Proud to belong to the 3.5%.


92 posted on 01/18/2008 8:21:48 AM PST by a77
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To: a77

I will vote for him if he is nominated without hesitation. I will vote for any GOP nominee over Obama or Hillary.


93 posted on 01/18/2008 8:22:32 AM PST by freespirited (Still a proud member of the Stupid Party. It beats the Evil Party any day of the week.)
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To: Rock&RollRepublican

McCain has nothing but animosity for Americans.

fixed it ;)


94 posted on 01/18/2008 8:22:50 AM PST by sheana
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To: sheana

Why?


95 posted on 01/18/2008 8:23:50 AM PST by a77
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To: a77

This is the reason a Democrat will win the White House.


96 posted on 01/18/2008 8:24:04 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: gunnedah

McCain is the strongest Republican against Hitlery.


97 posted on 01/18/2008 8:25:31 AM PST by a77
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To: a77

“Give Senator John McCain the S.C. victory he deserves”

Translation: “Give Hillary the Presidential Victory She Deserves”


98 posted on 01/18/2008 8:25:41 AM PST by PurpleMan
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To: a77

Lindsey Graham, a US Senator (SC), is CO-CHAIRMEN of McCain’s campaign!

AND Mike DeWine (RINO-OH) is the head of McQueeg’s campaign here in Ohio! What does that tell you?? Can anyone say “Gang of Fourteen”????


99 posted on 01/18/2008 8:26:04 AM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: a77

“Give Senator John McCain the S.C. victory he deserves”

PUKE.


100 posted on 01/18/2008 8:26:25 AM PST by Kennesaw
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