McCain has the experience to lead

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I have had the great opportunity of serving our nation in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Foreign Service.

As a Foreign Service officer, I served for 29 years with the U.S. State Department in many countries with large Islamic populations, including Turkey, Egypt and Pakistan. Those experiences have brought me to the conclusion that John McCain is the best-prepared candidate to lead our nation in these dangerous times.

The threat to America and our way of life from radical Islamic terrorism is the most complex and serious challenge our country has ever faced. Sen. McCain, with his long legislative and military career, has the broadest knowledge of, and the most extensive experience in, foreign affairs of any candidate, and has the demonstrated indomitable courage to do whatever is necessary to protect our nation.

We should all be grateful for his unflinching constructive criticism of what appeared to be a losing strategy for the conduct of the war in Iraq. His leadership in making strong arguments for augmented forces and the ensuing "surge" were instrumental in dramatically changing the security situation in Iraq, and the consequent large reduction in casualties for our troops and the Iraqis.

John McCain is a proven leader, and I urge you to vote for him in the Republican primary Jan. 19.

Dick Smith, Aiken, S.C.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/17/08 - 11:51 am
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John McCain would make an

John McCain would make an excellent Sec. of Defense. I hope he gets the appointment. No vote necessary. Both parties like this man the same amount, though for different reasons.

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teharper428 01/17/08 - 01:19 pm
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What?! McCain, Sec. of

What?! McCain, Sec. of Defense, so we can stay in Iraq for another 100 years or bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran?????

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frankb1375 01/17/08 - 01:27 pm
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aaaaaaaaaaaaaai have the

aaaaaaaaaaaaaai have the greatest respect for Sen. McCain, but he is A liberal democrat. He soes everything with Ted Kennedy.
Further more his age, Any one who was in A POW camp,it took ten years off their life. Think about it.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/17/08 - 01:41 pm
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teharper428, jumping at

teharper428, jumping at shadows won't make the shadows go away. You have to face down a fear to defeat it. The same is true for any threat.

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jack 01/17/08 - 03:01 pm
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The reason I wont vote for

The reason I wont vote for McCain (and I am a vietnam vet) is his position on giving illegals amnesty, his participation (with that other RINO Grhamnesty) in the gang of 14 with Kennedy and KKK Byrd, as well as his opposition to the Bush tax cuts that got us out of a recession. He is strong on defense and would make an excellent SECDEF, however. Go Fred!

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crackerjack 01/17/08 - 07:33 pm
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McCain, Lindsay Graham, and

McCain, Lindsay Graham, and Chappaquidick Ted Kennedy. The Three Musketeers of Amnesty for ILLEGALS.

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