19 May 2008

McCain Sees 'Right-of-Center' Nation

Updated: Monday, May 19, 2008, 3:24 pm -- Gun Owners of America has issued a statement regarding John McCain in light of his recent speech to members of the National Rifle Association, and how the Arizona senator is trying to "come home" to the Second Amendment community.

John McCain's advisers are saying he sees a "right-of-center" nation, and that he will feel emboldened to go after Barack Obama's policies, proposals and concepts without fear of stepping over too many lines.

"McCain is taking a campaign approach unlike Bush's elections in 2000 and 2004, which emphasized turning out the party's base. Rather, McCain has started shifting to the electorate's center, a recognition of his ideological reach as well as the need to capture swing voters against an opponent who also attracts independents. He hopes his crusade against climate change - an issue that appeals to people of all stripes - will help him build a winning coalition of voters. To do so, McCain is targeting traditional swing voting groups, like independents and Catholics, as well as others where Obama has shown weakness in the primaries, among them conservative-leaning so-called Reagan Democrats, blue-collar whites, Jews and Hispanics."

I just want to make sure Mr. McCain understands that a mother's firearms rights, and her rights to protect herself and her children from vermin of the two- and four-legged variety, are not bargaining chips he can fritter away with abandon in order to soothe a divided nation.

No, no, no. Not now. Not ever.

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