Cuts to TRICARE Prime proposed

Tom Philpott Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has advised the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Debt Reduction to consider ending access to TRICARE Prime, the military’s popular managed care option, for working-age retirees and their families, to avoid spending cuts that would directly impact readiness. Unless at least seven of 12 super committee members agree on […]

Senators support fee increase

Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John McCain of Arizona, its ranking Republican, endorse President Obama’s call to establish next year a $200 enrollment fee on TRICARE for Life, the prized supplement to Medicare for 2.1 million elderly military retirees, their spouses and survivors. These influential senators made their […]

McCain wrong to make fiery accusations

Freedom New Mexico J ohn McCain started the Arizona forest fires. OK, so we’re making this up. McCain the flamethrower probably did not start the fires. But this much is true. Freedom Newspapers had no less to go on when blaming McCain than McCain had in blaming immigrants. McCain may not be well. Here’s what […]

Court has obligation to gut McCain-Feingold

Freedom New Mexico Because a government lawyer took an argument nearly to its logical extreme, the Supreme Court may be prepared to invalidate more provisions of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance restriction law passed in 2002. If the courts takes the Constitution seriously, it should invalidate pretty much the entire law. The law, officially titled […]

Students making trip for inauguration

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Had she been eligible to vote last November, Clovis High School senior Morgan Duval says she would have voted for Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Still, she is excited about her trip this week to the nation’s capital to be among the millions to witness Barack Obama’s historic inauguration […]

Majority of residents disappointed with presidential outcome

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dan Stoddard and his wife Joy watch and listen as Republican presidential candidate John McCain concedes the presidency race and congratulates Barack Obama on Tuesday night at Dakota’s Steakhouse. CNJ staff With news of Barack Obama winning the presidential election and John McCain’s subsequent concession speech Tuesday night, many in […]

Campaign finance needs true reform

Freedom New Mexico Republican presidential candidate John McCain has suggested Democrat Barack Obama’s eye-popping prowess at fundraising may signal the end of the practice, established after Watergate, of having presidential campaigns funded by the taxpayers. Sen. McCain thinks that’s a shame. We think it would be cause for celebration. Sen. Obama announced on Sunday that […]

Matt Rush to speak at McCain event

Freedom New Mexico Matt Rush of Portales will participate in the pre-program rally for Sen. John McCain’s campaign event Saturday in Albuquerque, according to Marta Kramer, state director for the McCain campaign in New Mexico. “They called this afternoon and asked if I would be one of the speakers,” Rush said Thursday. Rush is the […]

It’s no debate: Big government wins, we lose

Freedom New Mexico From a political perspective, the big debate Friday night was probably a draw. Given that the electorate is nearly evenly divided on which candidate to choose, the debate results will only reinforce this indeterminate status quo. Republican John McCain had better answers on the economy. But Democrat Barack Obama had better answers […]

Resident reactions mixed on McCain campaign suspension

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Residents agree presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain should get to work on a potential solution to the country’s recent economic meltdown. Citizens are divided on whether Sen. McCain should have suspended his campaign to do it. “I think it’s about time for them to both step up […]

McCain needs to capitalize on momentum

Freedom New Mexico Well, Sen. John McCain has largely succeeded in his mission to firmly claim control of the Republican Party and to give his campaign the largest possible boost going into the fall contest for the White House. First off, McCain went to the Republican National Convention still struggling to convince the conservative grass […]

Obama speech has positives, but promotes tax shell game

Freedom New Mexico Barack Obama had best become the messiah, considering this utopia he promises. His acceptance speech last week had a shelf life of 10 hours, spent while most Americans slept. They awoke to find a news industry that had moved on to focus on the announcement of John McCain’s new running mate, the […]

Mandates not proper solution for health care

Freedom New Mexico As election time nears, the presidential candidates move toward the political center. This can make the differences between Barack Obama and John McCain seem smaller. But on one issue — health care — the contrasts are stark and indicate the difference between the two candidates: Obama is all about mandates while McCain […]

Energy sources now main focus of U.S. majority

Freedom New Mexico Republican presidential candidate John McCain this week reversed his position and drew environmentalists’ wrath when he came out in favor of lifting the federal ban on off-shore oil drilling. McCain apparently realizes he needs motorists’ votes more than environmentalists’ endorsements. Better late than never. Rising gasoline prices have focused voters’ attention. A […]

McCain’s cures for economy contradicting

Freedom New Mexico “Something is seriously wrong when the American people are left to bear the consequences of reckless corporate conduct, while the offenders themselves are packed off with another $40 million or $50 million for the road. If I am elected president, I intend to see that wrongdoing of this kind is called to […]

GI Bill reform needs fine-tuning

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist In perhaps any other year, the new Republican plan for enhancing the Montgomery GI Bill, which Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) introduced this week with Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.), would win high praise from advocates for service members and veterans. But as momentum builds on Capitol Hill […]

McCain strategy brings optimism to race forefront

Freedom New Mexico In a disappointing presidential campaign, we were encouraged this week by Sen. John McCain’s announced economic plan. If we squint, it almost looks like a conservative Republican platform we vaguely recall associating with that party. As far as it goes, it’s pretty good. We wish it went further. But it’s considerably more […]

Sing it again, John

Comedian Argus Hamilton is still getting mileage out of John McCain’s “Bomb Iran” song.

McCain should work to unite Republicans

Freedom New Mexico As the Democratic candidates duke it out in what is becoming a surprisingly long and bitter nomination process, Republican nominee John McCain should be shoring up his base and expanding his appeal in preparation for the general election. But perhaps the McCain campaign and many of his supporters are putting too much […]

Conservative record for McCain spotty

Freedom New Mexico With the see-saw Democratic nomination dominating the headlines, Sen. John McCain’s four-state victories — giving him enough delegates to tie up the Republican nomination — was anti-climactic. The senator’s victory was a foregone conclusion, which made the rather long concession speech by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee a tad ridiculous. Huckabee has […]