Experienced McCain earns trust

Our next president needs the capabilities to solve the foreign and domestic challenges facing our country. Sen. John McCain is the person for the job.

Through his service in the U.S. Navy and in Congress, since 1982, he has earned the respect of all Americans. First and foremost, I support McCain because he is a man I respect and trust. Perhaps I am a cynic, but I have not found many elected officials whom I trust. Fortunately, I could not be more confident in John McCain. He is always forthright, and never hesitates to speak his mind. He never beats around the bush or dodges questions; his answers are always straightforward. Unfortunately, these qualities alone separate him from most of the candidates running for president.

Furthermore, I support almost all of his positions. When our opinions do diverge, I know his position comes from conviction -- not from any pandering to special-interest groups. McCain is ready to be our next commander-in-chief. When he makes decisions about American troops, he has past and present connections to the men who fill the boots on the ground (one of his sons is an enlisted Marine, and another is at the Naval Academy).

Moreover, he has comprehensive plans for the economy, health care, and immigration. His earned respect from the American public will allow him to unify the country so we can begin to solve the numerous problems facing our country.

I urge you to look at John McCain's record. I imagine you will see what so many others have: that his is ready to be our next president.

Alaexander Abate, Martinez

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