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Thursday, 11 October, 2007 4:49 PM

Straight-Talking McCain Throws A Fastball At The RenCen

PHOTO BY JEFF KOWALSKY / DETROIT ECONOMIC CLUB

Senator McCain was eminently sensible as he denounced
the torture of prisoners, saying it would come back to
haunt future Americans soldiers, if captured.

by Mike Wrathell
mwrathell@yahoo.com

 

 

The lovely smell of French toast and bacon permeated the morning air of the RenCen Marriott as the old soldier Senator John McCain addressed a highly respectful crowd of Detroit Economic Club members, guests, and media-types this Tuesday.

With his lovely wife, Cindy, looking on, the Senator hit the big issues of the day and fielded some tough questions after his speech without any of the stumblings, bumblings, and stammerings we've so gotten used to of late....

Though he is no longer the young buck he was in 2000 when he first ran for President, winning the Michigan primary, Arizona's senior Senator still has the fire and clarity of mind we expect from our leaders, and, it seems, the glowing, though tacit, endorsement of the Detroit Economic Club. With nine Republican candidates in town for the Dearborn debate, only one of them was invited to speak at the breakfast gathering. You do the math.

Senator McCain's economic philosophy seems to jibe well with the Detroit Auto Exec Think Tank who were there in spades. Saying, "Globalization is here to stay," and that some economist-historians attribute Protectionism as one of the causes of World War II, and is still a dangerous concept, he gingerly prepared the largely white collar crowd for his belief in Detroit's need to increase CAFE standards by making more fuel-efficient, greener vehicles. It seemed to work. He never lost the crowd. In fact, he had them in stitches once with a joke that I didn't quite catch. I think he asked if the next question during the Q & A was from an adult. I guess you had to be there. Wait, I was there!

After thinking over who would be a good running mate for Senator McCain, should he win the Republican Presidential nomination, I think his old buddy and teevy actor Fred Thompson would be a solid choice.

Senator McCain has said on more than one occasion that he does not want to be a V.P., for, having spent five and half years as a P.O.W., in solitary confinement and being fed table-scraps, "Why in the Hell would I want to do that again?"

He has a point.

On Iraq, he took former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and President Bush to task for a failed strategy and said the current one, his own, is working, but needs more time.

One more thing about Protectionism before I sign off: the latest buzz is that five Chinese automakers will be at the North American International Auto Show in January. Is it so wrong to protect the domestic auto-truck market from foreign competitors that exploit their workers, both adult and child, pollute like there is no tomorrow, and threaten both the livelihoods of American workers and our standard of living? Just asking. I guess I am a proponent of Questioningism.

Still, from the field we have, Senator John McCain has a Presidential bearing and commands respect. I admit, I like him--even though I don't agree with him about everything, and that is important to me.


PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / AMERICAJR.com

Could this be our future first lady and our future
fearless leader? John and Cindy McCain.

 

 

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