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McCain claims nomination

Posted by Stephen on February 20, 2008

Arizona Senator John McCain announced more than a primary victory on Tuesday night. McCain, calling himself a superstitious Navy Pilot, announced it was time to claim the nomination as his own.

“With confidence and humility . . . I will be our party’s nominee for president of the United States,” McCain declared to his supporters, promising to “wage a campaign with determination, passion and the right ideas for strengthening our country.”

He quickly turned his attention to his rivals on the left. Wasting no time and pulling no punches, McCain criticized the apparent platform from the left and dismissed what he said was an “eloquent but empty call for change that promises no more than a holiday from history and a return to the false promises and failed policies of a tired philosophy that trusts in government more than people.”

McCain will spend the majority of the coming days in Ohio where he will work to embrace the conservative base that helped put President George W. Bush into office. There is a solid conservative electorate in Ohio and McCain clearly feels he can reach them.

“Our base was dispirited by the spending and corruption,” McCain said.

McCain continued his assault on the spending habits of the current political leadership and slammed both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

For those that think the “anti” vote cannot be a strong motivator for the electorate have not been measuring the atmosphere of politics recently.

McCain will compare a cut and run strategy in the midst of clear and decisive victories in Iraq that Democrats are promoting to a common sense approach to getting our troops home. He will educate people on the difference between “troops at war,” and “troop presence.” He will illustrate what a Democratic country in the Middle East, as an ally of the U.S., means to the stability of Europe, while his opponents will ignore progress while calling for troop pull outs that will destabilize the region and make the loss of life mean nothing.

McCain is using his blanket opposition to earmarked spending as a regular line of attack against Clinton, even running an Internet ad mocking her $1 million request for a museum devoted to the Woodstock music festival. Obama has been criticized for using a 2006 earmark to secure money for the University of Chicago hospital where his wife worked until last year.

His time will now be spent reminding people why he is to be considered a real conservative. He will discuss the reason why cutting spending is as important as cutting taxes. For those that call for change, he will remind people he has been known as a maverick in his party because he wouldn’t sign off on the party line when it violated conservative principles.

The conservative vote split on Tuesday night which is an impressive improvement for McCain suggesting that conservatives are beginning to accept the fact that the Arizona Senator will represent the Republican Party in November.

McCain now awaits the nominee from the left. His time now will be spent laying the ground work for what will be a Presidential fight of epic proportions.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.

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