Couple speaks to back McCain

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AIKEN - If Republican candidate John McCain ascends to the presidency of the United States, it will be heartfelt believers such as Neal and Lucy Dillon who get him there.

The Aiken couple lost their son, Marine Cpl. Matthew Dillon, to an improvised explosive device in Iraq on Dec. 11. Although Mr. Dillon's eyes were tear-rimmed when he spoke in favor of Mr. McCain, a Vietnam veteran, during the Aiken leg of the Arizona senator's No Surrender tour, his voice was determined.

"Don't leave here and say, 'We had a nice breakfast and got to meet John McCain,'" he pleaded to the 180-member crowd at VFW Post 5877. "You need to leave here and work for him.

"John McCain is the only candidate, Republican or Democrat, that knows the sadness of sacrifice."

Mr. McCain has staked his presidential aspirations on the hope that he get American voters to believe in his plan to keep troops in Iraq - at a time when public opinion polls show a low-level of support for such a proposal.

"Americans don't want us to fail," Mr. McCain said. "They want us to succeed. If you can show them success, then I believe their patience will be extended."

To that end, Gen. David Petraeus' report to Congress last week that the troop surge has been somewhat successful in Iraq helps Mr. McCain's chances, Winthrop University political scientist Scott Huffmon said.

But Dr. Huffmon sees warning signs for the campaign as well.

"I've now seen people giving specific reasons why they disagree with him, and that's the definition of soft support," Dr. Huffmon said.

In a Los Angeles Times-Bloomberg poll released last week, in the early primary/caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Mr. McCain trailed the front-runner by 21, 16 and 11 percent, respectively, among GOP voters.

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patriciathomas 09/18/07 - 05:15 am
Mr McCain is strong on

Mr McCain is strong on national defense, but weak on other aspects of leadership. His willingness to compromise when none is called for is his greatest weakness. I also feel he suffered mental and emotional damage while being held prisoner during the Vietnam war. While I'd hate to live through the insanity of a Hillary presidency, McCain wouldn't be any better.

naugliberal 09/18/07 - 06:07 am
pathetic! You're in insanity

pathetic! You're in insanity now. At least you have the professional training to recognize it.

lariat98 09/18/07 - 07:47 am
I am with Fred.....just wish

I am with Fred.....just wish he would run independant!

freesc2007 09/18/07 - 04:11 pm
McCain will say anything to

McCain will say anything to get elected. We in SC have a duty to make sure that we retire him once and for all. His betrayal of the American people on the immigration bill should not be forgotten. The citizens of AZ may even vote him out during the next election, as AZ passed a very strong bill against illegal aliens.

The man running McCain's campaign in SC, Richard Quinn, who is the same person running Lindsey Graham's campaign, is trying to manipulate public opinion again. He even has McCain patronizing the Baptists in SC by saying he had been a closet Baptist. Now he came out this week on religion.

Will Quinn have Lindsey Graham come out of the liberal closet?

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