The Road to the White House goes through Georgia…

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!   

34 comments

  1. DAMY46 says:

    McCain is a ‘has been’…..

    Fred has ‘sex appeal’……..

    Fred can take out Hillary….

    my 2 cents

    Donald

  2. ramblinwreck says:

    Maybe the Senator could clear up why it’s taken him all this time he’s been in the Senate to suddenly bring this immigration issue to the front burner. Has it not been important till now?

    I don’t trust this guy any more than I do Ted Kennedy, which is to say, not at all.

  3. SugarHillDad says:

    I just signed up at http://www.imwithfred.com and I agree that Fred is the only real option I see. When McCain gives in maybe Bull can then remove the rose colored glasses. BTW Bull how about naming of few big money names since it was, “A crowd of who’s who of Georgia political money types.”

  4. Bill Simon says:

    Isn’t it amazing how the phrase “a sucker born every minute” can be so handily applied to all these “political money types” who climb onto the bandwagon of candidates like John McCain, Mitt Romney, etc.?

  5. UGA Wins 2006 says:

    Bull, Who are you kidding? You sound more like you are trying to convince yourself than anyone else. John Erase the Border McCain hasnt got a chance in hell. He may have drawn a stellar crowd, but all his votes in Georgia were in that room today.

  6. bowersville says:

    You know, Bull I’ve read and re-read your post on McCain and I see not one ounce of defense for Peter Pace and denouncement of Dingy Harry Ried and Dingy calling Marine General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Peter Pace an “incompetent yes man.”

    Pace said he couldn’t willingly step off the battlefield and leave the soldiers and Marines fighting. But Dingy Harry can certainly call him incompetent from the comfy of DC and Ried can depend on wimps like McCain to go along with Pace’s dismissal. Yeah, I’ll vote for McCain when H*ll freezes.

  7. bowersville says:

    BTW Bull, what did McCain a W do? Agree to hang Pace and our military out to dry so Ding Harry would breath some life back into the amnesty bill?

    Some leadership…..Semper Fidelis…maybe McCain needs to re-read his oath to this country.

  8. Bull Moose says:

    You folks are incredulous. Seriously.

    Fred Thompson is a flash in the pan. Remember the success of the last candidate drafted to run? Yeah, ask General Wesley Clark how well it went. In 2004 there was a time when he was the leading candidate and had a great lead, but guess what, he didn’t get the nomination.

    When some of you get a grain of logic and sense, talk to me, otherwise, enjoy the political silly season of the summer.

    McCain is the tried and true conservative in the race and will prevail when the dust settles. This is a marathon boys and girls, not a sprint to the White House.

  9. Bull Moose says:

    Here are McCain’s comments on Reid:

    “It’s incredibly disappointing that Harry Reid would make such disparaging remarks about both the highest ranking officer in the U.S military and the commander of our troops in Iraq. Generals Pace and Petraeus are two leaders who have spent their entire lives in service to their country and Senator Reid needs to clarify his criticisms, which can only be described as highly inappropriate and regrettable.”

  10. Bull Moose says:

    You folks also don’t have a clue what you’re talking about in regards to the Immigration Bill.

    Your do nothing bury your head in the sand approach is defacto amnesty and an irresponsible policy that will only weaken America.

  11. jsm says:

    How about the approach of building the stinking wall we were promised and forcing ICE to do their job according to laws that exist already? If sheriffs could get the Feds to take the illegals and send them home, that would be a start. If you think that’s too expensive, I submit that it’s less expensive than paying their hospital bills, Social Security, food stamps, etc. That will STRENGTHEN America!

  12. UGA Wins 2006 says:

    Get over it Bull, you are backing a loser who has thrown away all the goodwill he may have ever had. He is nothing but a hand puppet for Kennedy-Bush and none of us are buying the crap he is selling. I have been Republican all my adult life and would not vote for McCain if he ran unopposed.

  13. AlanR says:

    Bull Moose, please don’t be blinded by the celebrity McCain generates. And that is what he does best.

    Just look at his conservative credentials — Keating 5, McCain Feingold, killing the appointment of conservatives to the federal bench, and now an immigration bill that clearly was not ready.

    He’s been in Washington too long. He’s been drinking the water and it shows. Incumbastan someone called it . . .

  14. liberator says:

    http://www.ronpaul.org Ron Paul is the only true conservative in the race. He is the only candidate in the race that respects the constitutional limitations on federal power. Why federalists like Stephen Dillard aren’t supporting him is beyond comprehension!

  15. Darth Mike says:

    not to suggest anything, but I have never seen McCain and Ralph Reed in the same room at the same time…..kind of like I have never seen Peter Parker and Spiderman in the same room at the same time….

  16. Darth Mike says:

    Bull Moose, I actually love McCain. He is the only candidate that never knows what he is going to say until he has already popped off at the mouth and said it

  17. John Galt says:

    Bull Moose,

    Welcome, obviously, to your first political campaign. Let me give you a bit of advice: This is hard ball business, not American Idol.

    You said: “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.”

    Set down your kazoo and take a deep breath. First – go look at a list of hosts for Fred Thompson’s first GA fundraiser. Second, go look at a list of Mitt Romney’s supporters. Done? Ok. That is the “who’s who” of “Georgia political money types.”

    Now, lesson number two. Money does not buy victories in politics. John McCain has lost a majority of likely caucus and primary voters through his position on the immigration bill. It does not matter what you think about the immigration bill. It matters what a majority of likely caucus and primary voters think. And right now, they hate John McCain. That will not change, since they have alternatives.

    Third: Save yourself some face, and stop spouting off like Molly Ringwald gushing over the football stud in Sixteen Candles. You may be a smart kid. I don’t know. But you have a lot to learn about political campaigns.

  18. Bull Moose says:

    John Galt, I’ve been in politics for several years. This isn’t my first rodeo.

    I’ve learned to be able to tell those with authentic leadership and those with poll tested talking points.

    John McCain is an authentic American leader.

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