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 [...]