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McCain chastises Republicans ...
September 5, 2008 - Lee Smith
Republican presidential nominee John McCain certainly cannot be considered "Mr. Republican" as was his fellow Arizonan, Barry Goldwater. McCain has made his name bucking his party, although not always in good ways. The McCain-Feingold campaign finance law inhibits free speech, particularly political speech, which our Founding Fathers wanted to protect. He also was pummeled on immigration reform legislation a year ago because he was seen as too soft on illegals entering the country.
Listening to McCain's speech on Thursday, it certainly wasn't a strong, memorable performance. Not like running mate Sarah Palin's. But McCain did strike a good chord in again taking on his own party, saying citizens had sent Republicans to Washington to change it, and instead they had been changed by it. This led to ethics problems and wasteful spending, which McCain has fought for years. Truly, the Republican congresses of 1995-2007 became more and more disappointing.
Looking at McCain, one must consider his age. He is 72. Voters should understand that Palin, indeed, could become president. Is she ready? Voters also should realize that if they vote for McCain, he might only serve one term by his own choice. Of course, that might not be a bad thing. When it comes to dealing with foreign policy challenges, no one outshines McCain in this race. "Just" four years of McCain would be better than on-the-job training for Obama in this area.
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