Reprinted from NewsMax.com
George Allen: Why We Need McCain
Conservatives Need McCain for Judges, War
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 8:50 AM
By: Kenneth R. Timmerman
As returns were still coming in on Tuesday night at John McCain
headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, a conservative icon and McCain
campaign advisor told Newsmax why conservatives should embrace McCain,
and sketched out the Senator’s broad strategy for defeating the
Democrats in November.
Former Senator George Allen of Virginia, once considered by
conservatives as a top seed for this year’s presidential contest,
volunteered that he wasn’t a McCain supporter from day one.
“I was Fred Thompson’s national campaign co-chair,” he said. But when
Thompson dropped out, Allen surveyed the remaining candidates and
determined to throw his support to McCain.
“John McCain was the strongest and most credible on national defense,
for curtailing wasteful spending. He had good ideas for reducing taxes
and making this country more competitive,” Allen told Newsmax at McCain
headquarters at the Old Town Alexandria Holiday Inn last night.
“And I trust John McCain much more than any Democrat to nominate to the
federal bench conservative judges who understand that their job is to
apply the law, not invent the law.”
Allen believes that if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, she
would “certainly unite everyone in our party with her high negatives.”
If Barack Obama emerged as the Democrats’ pick, McCain would have to
play a different suit, since Obama does not have Hillary’s negatives.
“The distinction between Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain is Sen. McCain’s
experience, his leadership,” Allen said. “Who would you trust more in
the midst of this war against terrorists?”
McCain raised a similar theme in his speech to supporters later in the
evening, once the results were in showing he had won a clean sweep of
the Chesapeake primaries.
“We don’t yet know for certain who will have the honor of being the
Democratic party’s nominee for president. But we know where either of
their candidates will lead this country. And we dare not let them,”
McCain said to whoops and applause from the more than 1,000 supporters
who had gathered to cheer him in the ballroom.
November’s contest will present candidates representing an obvious
choice on an array of issues of concern to Americans.
“Once it gets down to who you trust the most to be commander in chief
in fighting these vile, intolerant, hate-filled terrorists, I think
people will look at John McCain and say, he’s a real leader. He’s got
real character,” Allen said.
“That matters a lot to our troops and it matters a great deal to their
families praying for their safe return,” he added.
A victory by the Democrats will send a very different message, Allen
argued. “America’s enemies are going to say, ‘America’s lost her
nerve.’ And that’s not a good image you want against the terrorists,
nor for our allies that we may need in the future as well.”
McCain also appeals to conservatives because of his strong record of
fighting against government waste. For years, McCain has sponsored the
annual “Pig Book,” which exposes Congressional pork spending.
“Our base has been disgusted by the wasteful spending in Washington,”
Allen told Newsmax. “And there’s no one more tenacious in fighting
against it than John McCain. John McCain’s not going to have this
wasteful spending on Woodstock museums or bridges to nowhere.”
As Allen summed it up, Conservatives should look at McCain’s votes in
the U.S. Senate, which have earned him a lifetime record of 82.3% from
the American Conservative Union, as opposed to 9% for Senator Clinton
and 8% for Senator Obama.
“Value voters will look at McCain’s record,” Allen said And
especially, they will look at four things: “Who we need leading our
country in the war; our economic security, reducing wasteful spending
in Washington, and nominating judges who understand that their role is
to apply the law rather than invent it.”
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