Thursday, August 03, 2006

...and he's a war hero

This nation is eternally indebted to our combat veterans. John McCain spent 5 1/2 years in a POW prison cell and now Newsday's James Pinkerton says that is why the American people are looking up to him in a time of war. In his column voters look up to war heros, Pinkerton says:

[]it's no accident that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is the 2008 front-runner right now, both for the Republican nomination and for the presidency itself. As everyone knows, he was a Navy carrier pilot before being shot down over Vietnam and spending 5 1/2 harrowing years as a POW. To be sure, war-hero status is not enough by itself; plenty of other Vietnam vets, including POWs, have fallen by the political wayside in recent decades. But at the same time it's indisputable that the core of McCain's appeal is his war record.

We here at Straight Talk Iowa Style think the reasons for John McCain's core success in the polls go beyond his service to this nation. We move beyond Pinkerton's comments and claim that a war record alone is not enough to satisfy the hopes and dreams of everyday folks. Americans want to know that you are going to look out for them, not only in terms of defense, but with pocketbook issues, social values and strong leadership. It is because McCain is with the American people on these issues, in addition to his tremendous service record, that he enjoys popularity with the electorate.

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