Frankly, I loved John McCain’s speech to CPAC. That doesn’t mean I’ll swoon and give my everlasting devotion to Sen. McCain. It does mean, though, that I’ll listen to what he has to say. Here’s something that I loved from his speech:

Senator Clinton and Senator Obama want to increase the size of the federal government.

I intend to reduce it. I will not sign a bill with earmarks in it, any earmarks in it. I will fight for the line item veto, and I will not permit any expansion whatsoever of the entitlement programs that are bankrupting us. On the contrary, I intend to reform those programs so that government is no longer in that habit of making promises to Americans it does not have the means to keep.

That should be music to a conservative’s ears. Here’s the next paragraph:

Senator Clinton and Senator Obama will raise your taxes.

I intend to cut them. I will start by making the Bush tax cuts permanent. I will cut corporate tax rates from 35 to 25% to keep industries and jobs in this country. I will end the Alternate Minimum Tax. And I won’t let a Democratic Congress raise your taxes and choke the growth of our economy.

There aren’t many movement conservative that wouldn’t like those policy initiatives. Here’s something that Sen. McCain said that I agree with him on:

All I ask of any American, conservative, moderate, independent, or enlightened Democrat, is to judge my record as a whole, and accept that I am not in the habit of making promises to my country that I do not intend to keep. I hope I have proven that in my life even to my critics.

I’ve talked extensively with conservatives about Sen. McCain’s beliefs. I’ve vehemently objected to a number of those beliefs, starting with BCRA, followed by McCain-Kennedy and McCain-Lieberman. That said, you’ve never heard me say that I didn’t take Sen. McCain at his word.

As I said at the beginning of this post, I’m not swooning after just one speech. I’m persuaded mostly by actions. At this point, I’ll need alot more persuading.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

One Response to “McCain’s Speech”

  • Andy Barnett says:

    Gary – I like you think that I do embrace conservative fiscal policies and national defense policies but I put such a great emphasis on the social conservative issues that in the end the I’m willing to sacrifice the other legs of conservatism.

    Mitt Romney said we are in a war yesterday and that’s why he is bowing out. I would agree that we are in war.

    Since Roe v. Wade we’ve been in a war for life. It pre-dates the war on terrorism, it’s bloodier, and it’s devastating to our nation.

    We need a leader who will put an emphasis on fighting this fight and others that are destroying life, our youth, and our families.

    Check out my latest post…blog.andybarnett.com

    I’m passionate about this but I must be true to my principles!

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