John McCain at CPAC

McCain should be up any minute now…

3:07PM Special Guest Sen. George Allen from VA is up now.

- I’m a commonsense, Jeffersonian conservative.
- Preeminent role of President is Commander in Chief. And John McCain would be the best of the remaining candidates in that role.
- tenacious in stopping wasteful spending
- good fiscal conservative
- Conservatives are essential teammates
- John McCain is a leader

3:14PM Sen Tom Cobourn is introducing John McCain

- John McCain wont tell us one thing and do another
- Character, guts, determination and experience
- Said about surge “I’d rather loose the Presidency, then loose the war.”
- Courage matters most in Washington
- Disregard for his own personal political fortunes
- 1 of 11 Republicans who opposed “Bridge to Nowhere”
- voted against the Rx Drug program
- has the most conservative health plan of the candidates
- look at the Judges he’s voted for to see who he’d nominate
- pro-life for 24 years
- national security - most qualified candidate

3:23PM John McCain enters…

-Applause, maybe some booing.
-Pardon my absence from last year, trying to “not be seen as the front-runner for the GOP nomination.”
-Agrees with Romney on uniting party
-Campaign will be based on conservative principles
-Can’t succeed without help of dedicated conservatives
-Has strongly defended issues he shares with conservatives, as much as the issues he differs on
-Role of govt is to protect citizens liberty and property
-First CPAC attendance was at the invitation of Ronald Reagan
-Has not forgotten his political heritage
-Record as a whole is of a “mainstream conservative.”
-Look at his record for evidence
-Voted against “assault weapons ban”
-Position on immigration issue (boos on that one)
-Then will address other aspects, must respect rule of law and not kick off another wave of illegal immigration
-Wont make promises he doesn’t intend to keep
-The choice will between him, and a Democrat who may take us back, to a Democrat weak on defense, and who’ll weaken us
-Will make sure that OUR principles will prevail over THEIRS (democrats)
-Will not sign a bill with ANY earmarks in it
-Will hold the line on expansion of entitlement programs, and will work to reform those programs
-Will make Bush tax cuts permanent
-Will cut corporate tax rates to keep industry in country
-Will repeal AMT (I think that’s what he said)
-Will deal with health care with free market principles
-Will nominate judges who’ve proven our trust
-Intend to win the war in Iraq
-Only candidate who appreciates the cost of war, but also knows what would happen if we withdrew, and wont let that happen.
-Will not permit Iran the weapons to advance their malevolent ambitions
-Will stay on offense against Islamic terrorism and marshal all of the government to that end
-Wants to keep America Safe, Proud, Prosperous and Free
-Will probably continue to have disagreements, but will consult with conservative leaders
-Even though a maverick, his true calling has been serving this country
-Asking for the support of conservatives

3:50PM McCain exits… Much applause. No booing apparent.

Overall a very good and persuasive speech. If he exhibits this during the general election, he has a good chance of winning.

Link to the full text of his remarks.

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6 Responses to “John McCain at CPAC”

  1. on 07 Feb 2008 at 3:07 pm ChrisB

    Any chance of Romney and him making nice and picking him for VP?

  2. on 07 Feb 2008 at 3:14 pm Keith_Indy

    I had thought I read that Romney wasn’t interested in the VP position, but that may have changed.

    I do hope that McCain picks someone who can succeed him. Thompson would probably not be on that list, a little old. There are any number of more youthful, conservative picks he could make.

    I’ll have to research his actual positions more, but I don’t think I’ll have a problem voting for him come November. Especially given that the opposition will be Hillary and/or Obama.

  3. on 07 Feb 2008 at 4:22 pm Lee

    Strong speech. Placated me to an extent. Stressing opposition to AWB always perks me up for obvious reasons. Just don’t tap Huckabee and I’ll acquiesce.

  4. on 07 Feb 2008 at 10:58 pm Robby

    Huckabee would be a poison pill on any ticket. For me, anyway, and I would assume many others like me.

  5. on 07 Feb 2008 at 11:11 pm Lance

    Huckabee is definitely a deal killer.

  6. on 08 Feb 2008 at 1:59 am A Second Hand Conjecture » Signal to Noise

    [...] like Keith and myself you were in doubt as to whether there were boos among the introductory applause for John [...]

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