2008-01-18 / Columnists

Making Waves

The Mac Is Back
Commentary Eric Ulrich Republican District Leader 23rd AD

White House hopeful, Arizona Senator John McCain, ran unsuccessfully, and lost in a bitter primary battle to George W. Bush. This time around, the former POW is taking no prisoners as he prepares to wrest the party's nomination away from the other Republican contenders.

Just a few short months ago, Mc- Cain's chances of winning seemed dismal to say the least. But after his meteoric New Hampshire win, it appears that voters are taking a second look at the man who built a reputation on the straight talk express.

Over the years, John McCain has built a remarkable record of leadership and experience. His lifetime commitment to public service sets him apart from other candidates. In fact, McCain has something to offer for everyone. His common sense approach to everyday issues has gained him the respect of both Democrats and Republicans alike.

A rather distinguishing trait that sets the veteran senator apart from the rest of the pack is his staunch defense of traditional family values. McCain is not only pro-life, but is actually proactive on the issue. He believes in promoting adoption as an alternative to abortion-on-demand. Unlike the rest of the field who only talk about their concern for unwanted children, McCain matches words with action. In 1993, McCain and his wife Cindy adopted a little girl with a cleft palate from Mother Teresa's orphanage in Bangladesh.

As a Vietnam War hero, McCain knows firsthand the perils of war. During his time in combat, a missile struck John's plane resulting in his capture. As a prisoner of war in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton," he was beaten, starved and tortured on a daily basis. When he was finally released after five and a half years of torment, McCain continued to serve with distinction and was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart and various other military honors.

Perhaps most important is the fact that John McCain is the only person running for President who truly understands the consequences of failure in Iraq. Unlike Senator Hillary Clinton who voted for the war, and now, tries to downplay her approval by taking shots at President Bush, McCain has stood by our troops since day one. McCain said from the very beginning that more troops were necessary for victory. When pundits slammed the administration for the troop surge last year, McCain was steadfast in his convictions.

Supporting our men and women in uniform is an issue that is close to his heart and one that speaks volumes about his integrity. One can only admire the courage it takes to stand up for what is right, even when you are standing alone.

Senator McCain is also nationally renowned for his leadership in ethics and campaign finance reform. He authored the bipartisan McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Law, which helped put an end to pay-to-play politics in Washington. He has been an outspoken opponent of pork barrel spending. As President, McCain has vowed to shine the light on those who abuse the public purse, use the power of the executive office to restore fiscal responsibility, and use the veto pen to enforce it.

A President McCain would send a strong message to those who defraud the government of taxpayer dollars, i.e. the government is not for sale. It should come as no surprise then, that many big corporations and special interests are working behind the scenes to dismantle McCain's campaign. These are, after all, the biggest offenders of the public trust.

While it is too early to predict who will win the Republican primaries, don't count McCain out. McCain is the dark horse to watch and if you stick around long enough, you may just see him finish first.

Remember to let your voice be heard and vote. The Presidential Primary is Tuesday February 5, 2008. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

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