Don't empower the Dems; back McCain

I am a conservative Republican. We must now recognize that other Republicans have elected John McCain as our nominee. Unfortunately, there was not another Ronald Reagan to vote for. But I will support our party's nominee -- the alternative, electing either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama would be a disaster. How can any Republican give any kind of support to one of these liberal Democrats? Republicans who do not verbally or actively support our nominee because their candidate did not win reminds me of the selfish child who takes his ball and goes home when things don't go his or her way. Selfish interests above the country's interest? This is shameful, disgusting and nauseating.

As a senator, John McCain supported legislation that I did not support. I respect and believe that he supported these things because he felt in his heart that these were best for the country. I am confident that he can, and has, learned from his mistakes. He has recognized that securing the borders is a national security and legal issue with most Americans, and this must be done before any immigration reform bill is considered.

As president, McCain will wage a war on terrorism like we have not seen. He will end pork-barrel spending and nominate conservative judges in the mold of John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. These are issues that are more important to me than the issues that Mr. McCain and I disagree on.

To seal his election, he must pick a conservative VP. A perfect choice would be South Carolina's Mark Sanford; this would gain the confidence of conservatives as well as ensure that the South stays in the Republican column. No Republican has been elected president without the South.

McCain in 2008, Sanford in 2012 and 2016. Sounds good to me.

Elliott Mumper, Augusta

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