Wednesday, January 31, 2007

McCain Endosements Galore

We have discussed the effects of endorsements in the Presidential campaign before and harbor no illusions as to their effectiveness. Yet, they are a sign of popular support at a politically visceral level.

Over the course of the last week many key leaders in early states have volunteered their support for McCain's candidacy.

More than half the SC Statehouse, a trio of FL Congressmen, and a Red Sox Pitcher have all endorsed John McCain for President.

Further, McCain has picked up the support of key State Reps in NH and has nailed down support from two of his colleagues in the Senate.

Again, every vote will have to be earned but it's alot easier to do when broad popular support is evident.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Marlys Popma: ..."John McCain is best equipped to win this race and lead the country"

At Race42008 Marlys Popma, noted social conservative and two-time Executive Director of the Iowa GOP, tells readers why she decided to board the Straight Talk Express.

The wide ranging interview ranges from questions about judges, to abortion and maintaining the the role of traditional marriage. Here Popma describes John McCain's appeal to social conservatives:

R4′08: If you were to speak with a social conservative who was completely unfamiliar with the candidates in the 2008 field and was trying to make up their mind as to who they should support, how would you differentiate between the records of Sen. McCain and other candidates, such as Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. Sam Brownback, and Gov. Mike Huckabee?

My job is to let fellow social conservatives know that Senator John McCain is the best overall candidate in this race. He has a conservative record that stands on its own. It is important that people who care about life, marriage, protection of families and the strong Judeo Christian principles under which this country was founded know that of all the candidates, John McCain is best equipped to win this race and lead the country. He also has a better grasp of foreign policy than ANY person in the race, he has been a determined fiscal hawk, and he has a consistent record on the issues that matter most to me.

STIS is pleased to hear that Popma and company are on board for the campaign. Her experience along with Maxine Sieleman's efforts will undoubtedly help McCain in Iowa.

H/T to Caucus Cooler on this one

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Failor Jr., and Slifka Get on Board the Straight Talk Express

From today's Des Moines Register:

Arizona Sen. John McCain has enlisted the support of two key Iowa activists as he prepares for Iowa’s precinct caucuses next January, which will open the presidential nominating season.

Ed Failor Jr. and Karen Slifka will both back McCain as senior advisers.

Failor is a top executive of Iowans for Tax Relief, which runs the state’s largest political action committee and is a major force in Iowa Republican politics.

Failor ran field operations for President Bush’s campaign in Iowa in 2004. He is credited with helping Bush pull out a narrow win in the state — the first time Iowa has voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984.

Slifka is a veteran organizer in the state who moved to Washington to take a string of political jobs in the Capitol. She will join McCain’s effort after she leaves her post as a strategist for the Republican National Committee.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

McCain: The Clear Conservative Choice

Here is an analysis of John McCain's voting record compared to those of his colleagues in the Senate:

109th Senate : Second most conservative!
108th Senate : Fourth most conservative!

Further, the American Conservative Union gives McCain an 83% lifelong rating.

STIS wants to thank Senator McCain for being the clear common-sense conservative choice in the race for President.

Maxine Sieleman is On Board the Straight Talk Express


Thanks for getting on board the Straight Talk Express!

Maxine Sieleman, a social conservative leader, has decided to join Team McCain and be a part of the growing Iowa grassroots organization. Sieleman was the founder of the Iowa chapter of Concerned Women for America and has been a leading voice on Iowa Christian radio for the last 25 years.

"After considerable research, reflection, and prayer I determined that Senator McCain was the clear choice for conservatives and Iowa families,” Sieleman said. “He is the one candidate who has a consistent record of supporting pro-life, pro-family legislation."

Sieleman also cited McCain’s commitment to appointing judges at all levels of the judiciary who respect our Constitution, as well as his foreign policy experience in deciding to back his potential candidacy.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

John McCain: The case for more troops in Iraq

John McCain writes in the Sacremento Bee why the path to Victory in Iraq requires more combat power on the ground:

During my visit to Iraq last month, it was clear that security is the precondition for political progress and economic development. Until the government and its coalition allies can protect the population, the Iraqi people will increasingly turn to extra-governmental forces, especially Sunni and Shiite militias, for protection. Only when the government has a monopoly on the legitimate use of force will its authority have meaning, and only when its authority has meaning can political activity have the results we seek.

The presence of additional coalition forces would allow the Iraqi government to do what it cannot accomplish today on its own -- impose its rule throughout the country. In bringing greater security to Iraq, and chiefly to Baghdad, our forces would give the government a fighting chance to pursue reconciliation.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

McCain: Movie Buff

Variety reports that John McCain is a big movie buff.

The White House projectionist better rest up. If John McCain should become the 44th president of the United States, the screening room is going to get some heavy use especially with all those kids and grandkids. If you thought you knew everything there is to know about the senior senator from Arizona, prepare yourself: He's a major movie freak.

Favorite actor:

The senator's favorite actor, however, remains his "Zapata" star: "Of course, Marlon Brando."

Favorite actress:

But for fave actress? "I gotta say Marilyn Monroe. She was one of the great actresses in history. If you ever saw 'Some Like It Hot,' she was a consummate actress. She has so many great scenes.

And favorite movie:

But the senator's all-time favorite film? "It is a bit political in its own way: 'Viva Zapata!' I'm sure I've seen it four or five times, but I haven't seen it quite a few years. It was one of Elia Kazan's least appreciated films. I thought (Emiliano) Zapata was a genuine, authentic, uncorrupted leader who fought to improve the plight of his countrymen. He held true to his principles.

"There were many scenes in the movie, but a few stand out," recalls McCain, who quotes verbatim long stretches of dialogue that recall the perfs of Marlon Brando, Jean Peters and Anthony Quinn.