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Our view: Not artful or elegant, John McCain is strong, principled and right for the job

Struggling to dig out of an economic crisis and embroiled in foreign wars we can't afford to lose -- or abandon -- the U.S. is desperate for bold leadership.

John McCain
John McCain (MCT photo)

Struggling to dig out of an economic crisis and embroiled in foreign wars we can't afford to lose -- or abandon -- the U.S. is desperate for bold leadership.

The Northland and the rest of the nation can choose a presidential candidate Tuesday whose foreign policies and economic plans were honed during 26 years in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, a public servant who has consistently fought to reform Washington and to eliminate wasteful spending, and a hero who spent 22 years as a naval aviator, including 5½ years as a prisoner of war.

Held captive in Vietnam, and despite being brutally beaten, John McCain tapped out messages of hope to lift the spirits of his fellow POWs.

During these difficult days, our nation can't risk an unproven hopeful in the White House whose foreign-policy resume is dominated by a well-hyped, election-season guided tour overseas and whose political experience doesn't yet include a full term in Washington.

Barack Obama worked as a community organizer before Illinois voters elected him.

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And while there's no denying Obama's charisma, intelligence and mesmerizing communication skills, the reality behind the pretty words raises red flags. His socialistic, share-the-wealth domestic strategy promises to give government an unprecedented and uncomfortable amount of control over Americans' lives. His tax policies and abundance of spending proposals threaten to propel us closer toward recession -- or worse. And his opposition to the troop surge, a strategy that has proven effective, suggests a reckless attitude about the Iraq War and the likelihood of renewed Middle Eastern chaos in an Obama presidency.

A McCain administration would focus on creating jobs and jumpstarting the economy, aspirations widely shared in Duluth and across the Northland. Under McCain, all energy possibilities -- including nuclear, domestic drilling, wind, solar and other renewable sources -- would be pursued to end America's dependence on foreign oil. And the U.S. would remain a strong global leader, safe from terrorism and other threats.

Goals would be met and pursuits completed with McCain's ability to work with members of both parties -- just like he did in passing the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, sometimes referred to as the McCain-Feingold bill.

Sen. McCain is not as artful a debater or as eloquent a speaker as his opponent. Few peg him as smooth-talking or well-polished. But he is principled, unwilling to bend for special interests. And he is strong, ready to do what's right, no matter what the political fallout.

Come January, when this never-ending election season finally and mercifully has become a memory, isn't that who you want placing his hand on the Bible?

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