John McCain brought his campaign for President to Atlanta today and in a word, it was perfect success! Senator McCain was pumped! A crowd of who’s who of Georgia political money types gathered at the Inter-continental in Buckhead to lend their support and more importantly their money to McCain’s efforts.
Senator McCain was joined by one of Georgia’s own and greatest, former Senator Phil Gramm. Senator Gramm said of John McCain, “He is the right man for the right times.”
McCain also made remarks about the late Senator Paul Coverdell. Coverdell and McCain co-chaired Phil Gramm’s 1996 campaign for the White House. McCain also recognized former Senator Jim Tysinger and Judge Griffin Bell who were in attendance. UPDATE: Senator Jim Tysinger will Chair the Georgia Veterans for McCain! McCain praised Senators Isakson and Chambliss for their leadership in the Senate. McCain made note that consistently, all of Georgia’s Senators from both parties have played strong roles in Washington.
McCain talked about leadership, immigration, spending, and Iraq in a very comfortable and casual manner. He has a command of the issues that few others do.
On Leadership, McCain said that it takes serious leadership to address the issues in front of us as a society. You have to do more than just talk about them.
On immigration, McCain said that everday that we wait, the problem gets worse. We must ACT to do the hard things. We must take on the challenges that threaten our country. That’s real leadership.
On Spending, McCain said that’s the number 1 reason we lost the majorities in 2006 and that as President he will veto the bloated spending bills that threaten our prosperity.
On Iraq, the last brigade just got there, and we must give General Patraeous a chance. The consequences of failure by pulling out are dramatic and will have long term devastating consequences for our country and way of life.
McCain took head on those who are degrading the President. He said we must respect the President and the Office of the President. He received commanding applause on that item.
McCain demonstrated a strong grasp of international issues. He already has personal relationships with many world leaders. He’s ready to lead.
On taxes, McCain through out the idea of a commission headed up by former Fed Chairman Greenspan that would make a recommendation to Congress similar to the Base Realignment Commissions and Congress would vote up or down on the proposals.
McCain clearly staked out a claim to a flatter, simpler, and fairer tax for America noting that Estonia is prospering greatly with a simple flat tax. He received enthusiastic applause to this thoughts on taxes.
John McCain is doing what it takes and addressing the serious issues facing our country and he’s going to be successful in taking that message to America and to Georgia. Our country is craving fresh authentic leadership and that is what John McCain brings to this race. Gut checked leadership that isn’t advisor driven or poll tested!
I had the pleasure of sitting next to one of Georgia’s own straight talking legislators, Jill Chambers who received not one, but two kisses from John McCain! I’ll be back with a picture when I can figure out how to add it to the site!