Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Saddleback Forum

This weekend's Saddleback Forum at Pastor Rick Warren's church was a turning point in this campaign. Any undecided American voter that watched this forum must come away knowing that John McCain is a man of deep intellect, compassion, and leadership. He has the required experience to seriously lead America in a time of struggle. Any objective observer of this Forum must conclude that McCain outshined Obama.

My favorite part? When Obama attempted to slam Justice Clarence Thomas as "not ready" for the Supreme Court when he was nominated. Really? That is incredible coming from a first term Senator that has run for President for 2 of the 3 years he has served in the Senate.

When one takes a deep breath and steps away from these ideological battles and the empty promises of political campaigns on both sides, there is no doubt which one of these men is ready to lead the greatest country on the planet. John McCain is a genuine American hero. When John McCain calls on us to put our national interest above our self-interest, he says it with a background of a life spent living that motto. It isn't a flashy talking point like the nonsense Sen. Obama pops off to the screaming hordes of those obsessed with his celebrity persona.

When I look at this presidential race, it strongly reaffirms why I am a Republican and a conservative. Our Party honors faith and service and tradition. As conservatives, we don't reject progress or change. We welcome that progress while paying homage to the traditions and the foundations of a successful culture of freedom that our forefathers believed in. I believe in those conservative principles so much that I have made a career out of it.

Sen. McCain has lived a life honoring his country and we have a unique opportunity to elect someone singularly qualified to lead us. I am confident America will see this.