GOP candidates draw a crowd

By Neil Young, The Daily News

Bullhead City, Ariz.--U.S. Sen. John McCain was joined by Gov. Jan Brewer, State School Superintendent and attorney general candidate Tom Horne, treasurer candidate Doug Ducey and State Mine Inspector Joe Hart. District 3 state representatives Nancy McLain and Doris Goodale also were on hand.

The crowd cheered wildly as the candidates entered the hall, and their brief comments were punctuated with more cheers and applause.

McCain, first to speak, started off with several jokes worthy of a standup comedian and then got serious. “We  didn’t wave the white flag in Iraq. We’re not going to wave the white flag in Afghanistan,” McCain vowed.

Regarding the 2010 campaign, McCain said, “We’re on a roll, but every veteran knows the battle is not over until the enemy surrenders.”

McCain pledged, “We’re gonna secure our borders. We’re gonna repeal and replace Obamacare. We’re gonna stop the spending. We’re gonna take care of our veterans.”

As he prepared to introduce Brewer, McCain said, “The state of Arizona is under assault,” regarding the federal government’s lawsuit against SB 1070.

“We’re not quitters in Arizona,” Brewer exclaimed. To the veterans, she said, “You’ve kept our country free. You’ve kept our country safe. Thank you.

“You make me proud and I’m so grateful every night,” when Brewer says, “God bless our military. You give me the courage to fight back against the federal government.” Both McCain and Brewer expressed their disgust at the Obama administration turning the SB 1070 issue over to the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

“I’m fighting for America,” Brewer said. “I’m going to change the way the federal government and Arizona have been doing business.”

As attorney general, Horne declared, “I will strongly defend SB 1070 in the court.” Horne promised to join the multi-state suit against the federal health care law. He told the veterans, “You are role models for our students as far as character is concerned.”

“I’m a newcomer,” Ducey said. “I don’t have any political resume to tell you about.” He touted his business background as cofounder of Cold Stone Creamery. “We need to get our finances in order,” Ducey said.

State Mine Inspector Joe Hart told the crowd he was born in Mohave County and is a fourth generation Arizonan. He said he’s a champion of safety for abandoned mines. Hart received thunderous applause when he declared the United States has nothing for which to apologize.

The candidates were running behind schedule, because they had been in the Flagstaff area, checking on last week’s storm damage.

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