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McCain is GOP Nominee; Dems slugging it out

Posted by Stephen on March 4, 2008

With a clean sweep Tuesday night Arizona Republican Senator John McCain claimed the GOP nomination for President of the United States.

In what may have been his best speech in years, McCain began laying out his case for the general election.

“Now, we begin the most important part of our campaign: to make a respectful, determined and convincing case to the American people that our campaign and my election as President, given the alternatives presented by our friends in the other party, are in the best interests of the country we love. I have never believed I was destined be president. I don’t believe anyone is pre-destined to lead America,” stated McCain to an invigorated Dallas audience.

Reminding voters of his distinguished career he accepted his role as the GOP nominee saying, “I understand the responsibilities I incur with this nomination, and I give you my word, I will not evade or slight a single one. Our campaign must be, and will be more than another tired debate of false promises, empty sound-bites, or useless arguments from the past that address not a single American’s concerns for their family’s security. Presidential candidates are judged on their records, their character and the whole of their life experiences. But we are also expected to concentrate our efforts on the challenges that will confront America on our watch and explain how we intend to address them.”
McCain did not shy away from the war in Iraq. Quite the contrary as he offered his thoughts on the upcoming discussion during the general election.

“America is at war in two countries, and involved in a long and difficult fight with violent extremists who despise us, our values and modernity itself. It is of little use to Americans for their candidates to avoid the many complex challenges of these struggles by re-litigating decisions of the past. I will defend the decision to destroy Saddam Hussein’s regime as I criticized the failed tactics that were employed for too long to establish the conditions that will allow us to leave that country with our country’s interests secure and our honor intact,” stated McCain.

Clearly directing his comments toward either of the possible opponents he may face in November, McCain stated “The next president must explain how he or she intends to bring that war to the swiftest possible conclusion without exacerbating a sectarian conflict that could quickly descend into genocide; destabilizing the entire Middle East; enabling our adversaries in the region to extend their influence and undermine our security there; and emboldening terrorists to attack us elsewhere with weapons we dare not allow them to possess.”

McCain, responding to the recent argument by Democrats that we should “renegotiate” NAFTA, emphatically said, “I will leave it to my opponent to argue that we should abrogate trade treaties, and pretend the global economy will go away and Americans can secure our future by trading and investing only among ourselves. We will campaign in favor of seizing the opportunities presented by the growth of free markets throughout the world, helping displaced workers acquire new and lasting employment and educating our children to prepare them for the new economic realities by giving parents choices about their children’s education they do not have now.”

In concluding his remarks, McCain seized, even if for a moment, the type of optimistic speech that could carry the Senator to the White House.

“Nothing is inevitable in America. We are the captains of our fate. We’re not a country that prefers nostalgia to optimism; a country that would rather go back than forward. We’re the world’s leader, and leaders don’t pine for the past and dread the future,” said McCain, adding, “We make the future better than the past. We don’t hide from history. We make history. That, my friends, is the essence of hope in America, hope built on courage, and faith in the values and principles that have made us great.”

With that we turn our attention to the Democratic nomination.

It is a slug fest of epic political proportions. Clinton, who once held double digit leads in Texas and Ohio, finds herself in the fight for her political life.

Early returns show that Clinton has a healthy lead in Ohio with strong Obama districts yet to report. In Texas, Obama jumped out to a 75,000 vote lead as a result of the early vote cast which accounts for about 33% of the total vote.

However, Clinton made head way over the final three days. A series of negative ads by the Clinton camp seemed to have captured the attention of voters in the Lone Star state and the two are in a dead heat.

Obama opened the night with a victory in Vermont while Clinton countered with a win in Rhode Island.

In the end, Obama will maintain a lead in total delegates and even if he loses a tight race in Texas, the Illinois Senator may obtain a majority of the delegates from the state.

The Democratic nomination may drag on until the convention. Whenever they complete the blistering campaign being waged by the two Senators, they will face a solid Republican conservative enough to draw base support and rebellious enough to remind Independents of the strong points of electing the Republican to office.

As McCain shared tonight, “stand up with me, my friends, stand up and fight for America — for her strength, her ideals, and her future. The contest begins tonight.”

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.

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