John McCain Makes First Overseas Trip As Presumptive GOP Nominee

The interesting, albeit irrelevant, argument going on between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is all about experience and readiness to take over as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces. The truth is that neither one has anywhere near the experience and readiness of Senator John McCain.

As such, John McCain is taking his first overseas trip as the presumptive GOP nominee although officially, he is making the trip as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Elizabeth Holmes of the Wall Street Journal notes the following:

“John knows a lot of the leaders of our allied countries both in Europe and the Middle East very well,” says Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent who has been a staunch McCain backer. “They respect him. They trust him. And, believe it or not, they even like him,” says the lawmaker, who is joining the trip.

Sen. McCain is adamant that he will keep the focus on national security and won’t talk politics but “understands the charge” that some people will still see this as a campaign trip. He points to his regular trips overseas, including seven other visits to Iraq, as proof that this is only more of the same. Even so, this will be Sen. McCain’s first trip as a general-election contender and will likely be received differently by world leaders and U.S. allies.

When word of the trip first leaked out last week after Sen. McCain received the necessary number of delegates, a reporter asked him whether he should take time away from his domestic campaign agenda. “We got eight months,” he said. “I think you probably have time to catch up on issues that are important.” Among the most important: areas of conflict.

Upon returning, Sen. McCain says he will give a national-security speech, something he says he has done in the past but then added with a chuckle, “Obviously this one would hopefully be paid more attention to.”

Neither Obama nor Clinton have the experience, readiness or clout to even come close to John McCain on this issue.

We need to draw many, many more comparisons between the candidates just like this one.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

McCain Trip May Enhance
Perceived Foreign-Policy Edge

Elizabeth Holmes
Wall Street Journal
March 15, 2008


2 Responses

  1. In terms of economics, John McCain has a good Senate record, too. When the Democrats try to pivot national security to economics the Democrats have a multitude of questions to answer.

  2. The Senate records of the Democratic candidates offer a messy picture of voting on economic issues.

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