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McCain Hits Back on Economy

Front-runner comes to the Northeast to challenge Romney's charges against him

By Jack Greenberg | null null , null
Scholastic Kid Reporter Jack Greenberg fights the crowd to ask a question of Senator John McCain, a candidate for the Republican nomination for President. The event was held on February 3, 2008 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. (Photo: courtesy of Jack Greenberg)
Scholastic Kid Reporter Jack Greenberg fights the crowd to ask a question of Senator John McCain, a candidate for the Republican nomination for President. The event was held on February 3, 2008 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. (Photo: courtesy of Jack Greenberg)

While the New England Patriots were at the Super Bowl in his home state, Arizona Senator John McCain came to New England. The candidate for the Republican nomination for President held a rally at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, on Sunday. At the rally, McCain built support for his campaign, acknowledging the many delegates up for grabs in the Constitution State.

McCain’s campaign was in jeopardy just a few months ago. But recently, his poll numbers have soared, and he is the strong front-runner for the Republican nomination.

McCain was joined at the rally by many Connecticut Republicans, including Lieutenant Governor Michael Fidele and Congressman Chris Shays. Senator Joe Lieberman, an Independent who less than two years ago was a Democrat, also showed his support.  

With more than 2,000 people present, McCain delivered a motivational speech. He said he was against a timetable for pulling troops out of Iraq. He pledged that he would not leave that country until the terrorists have been defeated.  

A former Navy officer and Prisoner of War, McCain spoke of a woman who’d lost her son in Iraq. Her loss would be meaningless if the war were to end and the American goal was not reached, he said.  

On the economy, McCain said that America’s greatest days are still ahead. He wants to make tax cuts that are due to expire in 2011 permanent and he wants to cut spending. He pledged that, as President, he would veto any bill from Congress that include extra projects for individual congressional districts, known as earmarks.

After his speech, McCain talked to the press. Scholastic News asked McCain about Mitt Romney’s charge that McCain was not strong enough on the economy to be President. Romney is the biggest Republican challenger in the race for the nomination, although candidates Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul are still in the race.

“I’m focusing on both the economy and America’s security,” McCain told Scholastic News. “America’s security is obviously our long-term challenge with radical Islamic extremists. I do start out my rallies and town-hall meetings with in-depth discussion about the economy, and I have laid out a very specific set of economic proposals.”

Residents of Connecticut, along with those living in 21 other states, will be voting on Super Tuesday, February 5. McCain could garner enough delegates on that day to become the Republican nominee. Check back to Scholastic News Online for coverage of all the events leading up to Super Tuesday, as well as for the results as they come in Tuesday night.

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