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McCain fights back against liberal interest group

April 20, 2007

Following a particularly vicious attack ad by the liberal special interest group MoveOn.org, Sen. John McCain Friday released a statement noting the group’s “long record of liberal extremism.” The McCain camp refer to past fanatical left-wing action by MoveOn in refuting the 30-second advertisement.

“It comes as no surprise that America’s most liberal interest group would attack John McCain’s belief that we cannot allow Iran to destroy Israel,” said spokesman Matt David. “After all, MoveOn.org posted ads comparing President Bush to Hitler during the last presidential election.”

The ads David referred to were a pair of 2004 MoveOn campaign propaganda pieces comparing President Bush to Adolph Hitler. At the time, the Washington Post wrote:

“One ad begins with Adolf Hitler making speeches, until a picture of President Bush appears. Another also uses Nazi and Bush images, with the tag line: ‘What were war crimes in 1945 is foreign policy in 2003.’ The videos appeared on the Web site of MoveOn.Org’s Voter Fund as part of a nationwide contest for an anti-Bush television ad on which the liberal group plans to spend a considerable sum.”

Fallout from the 2004 ads was well documented. Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center called the ads, “Shameful and beyond the pale [with] no place in the legitimate discourse of American politics.”

The Anti-Defamation League said the ads were “vile and outrageous,” noting that MoveOn’s explanation was “hardly comforting.”

In the accompanying release, the campaign also cited previous MoveOn ads in which the Statue of Liberty was shown with a hood over its head. From the USA Today:

“[MoveOn] used imagery they knew would be controversial: a digitally doctored photo of the Statue of Liberty, hooded to remind viewers of what happened to some Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison as a narrator says ‘something has gone terribly wrong’ in Iraq. … the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org begins airing the ad, titled ‘Fire Rumsfeld,’ in 14 major cities today.”

The McCain campaign said the group also used ads showing a surrendering American soldier in Iraq. From a Sept. 2004 Dallas Morning News article:

“[T]he liberal group MoveOn.org produced a TV ad titled ‘Quagmire’ asserting that Mr. Bush lacks plans to end the war. ‘George Bush got us into this quagmire,’ the narrator says as an American soldier sinks deeper into quicksand, rifle overhead in a posture that suggests surrender.”

MoveOn.org has even gone so far as to oppose holding accountable governments harboring terrorists. The group’s own website proudly boasted:

“Furthermore, we assert that the government of a nation must be presumed separate and distinct from any terrorist group that may operate within its borders, and therefore cannot be held unduly accountable for the latter’s crimes.”

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Giuliani: I support the First Amendment right to carry, bear arms

March 27, 2007

During Sean Hannity’s March 23 radio show, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani fielded phone calls from listeners. One caller asked Giuliani to clarify his stance on gun control, to which he replied, “I support the First Amendment right to carry and bear arms.”

Here’s the clip from YouTube:

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So Mr. Giuliani, who wants to be the next Commander-in-Chief, cannot discern between the first two Amendments to the U.S. Constitution?

Let’s clarify for him.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Fear not gun owners, Giuliani won’t take away your First Amendment right to bear arms. Your Second Amendment rights, however…


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Video from McCain speech at IAFF forum

March 25, 2007

Sen. John McCain recently spoke at the International Association of Fire Fighters’ First 2008 Bipartisan Presidential Forum. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 14.

The IAFF this week released the video of McCain’s speech at the forum. Here’s a clip:

Read the full transcript of Senator McCain’s speech below the break.

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Thirty-four years ago today…

March 14, 2007

Orson Swindle, who was in the same Hanoi prison as Sen. John McCain during the Vietnam War, today released this letter about his close friend:

Non sibi sed patriae, not self but country, is often mentioned as an unofficial motto of the United States Navy. Being a Marine, I have always been more partial to Semper Fidelis, but I have had the honor and privilege of serving in the company of Navy men for whom that motto, whether official or not, is a way of life. My friend and former cellmate in Vietnam, John McCain, is one of those men.

Thirty-four years ago today, on March 14, 1973, John McCain and hundreds of other prisoners of war were released from Hanoi and began the trip home. My repatriation from Hanoi was a week earlier, having been shot down a year before John. I will never forget the feeling of relief and joy upon stepping into an American aircraft with my fellow countrymen to begin that journey home.

Things could have been very different for John. The son and grandson of Navy Admirals, the North Vietnamese quickly realized when they captured him that they had a special prisoner from a distinguished military family. In an effort to embarrass us and our country, they offered John early release. John consistently refused those offers, understanding that freedom without honor was not worth having. He kept faith with us, his fellow POWs, and stood by the Code of Conduct through which we pledged “I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.” Because of his dedication to principle, the North Vietnamese made his life a living hell for a number of years.

I was fortunate to know John in prison, and we have remained the closest of friends. His refusal of early release, his constant resistance, and his undying sense of humor were traits we all admired. We were inspired by his commitment to honor and encouraged by his sense of humor. His commitment to principles, straight talk, and honesty in Washington continues to inspire us today. I could never have imagined all those years ago that one day the man sharing a concrete slab for a bed next to me would be a candidate for President of the United States. I am very proud to stand next to him today.

As our country battles a new kind of evil and our fighting men and women take the battle to the terrorist, making incredible sacrifices in their efforts, I think back to those days in Hanoi, back to the experiences that have shaped my life ever since. My friend, John, has been tested through circumstance and fire, has met the challenge, and he is prepared to lead America in difficult times ahead. No one is better qualified to be Commander in Chief. He has made me proud over the years, and I know he will do the same for us all as President.

Today is a special day for John and hundreds of us who were POWs in Vietnam. I hope you will join me in remembering those who have served this great country, especially those who today fight for our freedom and safety in foreign lands. We are proud of their service. We honor their sacrifice, and look forward to the day their mission is accomplished and they too will return with honor.

Sincerely,

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Orson Swindle
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps (ret)
POW 1966-1973

And the accompanying video is truly moving:


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McCain shares story of faith

March 12, 2007

Sen. John McCain, who spent more than five years in the North Vietnamese prison known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War, recently spoke with the Trinity Broadcasting Network about his faith during that period.

Here is a very compelling clip from the interview:


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McCain at CAGW’s “2007 Pig Book”

March 8, 2007

Sen. John McCain Wednesday spoke about the “2007 Congressional Pig Book,” released by the Citizens Against Government Waste. According to the CAGW, the book is “an annual compilation of all the pork-barrel projects in the federal budget.”

CAGW’s website features a complete database of projects, while the Pig Book Summary profiles the most egregious examples. Here’s a clip of McCain’s comments:


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