Senator McCain Makes a Campaign Stop at Fresno State

June 23, 2008 8:13:55 PM PDT
Senator McCain described the U.S.'s energy problem as a spiral. He said times are tough in America and if he's elected President he's going to reform Washington. He said, "My friends, energy security is the great national challenge of our time." McCain's main focus at the town hall meeting at Fresno State was energy. He wants to give Americans a summer break from the 18 cent federal gas tax and promised a $5,000 tax credit for customers that buy a low or zero emission car. He said, "Whether it takes a meeting with automakers during my first month in office or my signature on an act of congress we will meet the goal of a swift conversion of American vehicles away from oil."

The Republican Presidential nominee wants the government to stop subsidizing corn-based ethanol, and even proposed a $300-million dollar government prize to anyone who can create a super battery for future cars.

Outside the auditorium, the "Raging Grannies" sang about their opposition to McCain and the war. "They send our kids to do in war but what do they achieve? They say they're fighting terrorists but we won't be deceived."

Someone else yelled at the Arizona Senator for overlooking a certain population. "I am sick and tired of people talking about Latino votes, black votes! What about Asian-American votes? Are we invisible? We pay taxes too!" McCain said, "Now now, we try to remain calm during these gatherings" and got a laugh from the audience.

Susan Klaussen says she was impressed with McCain. "He didn't shy away from any of the questions from any of those that were asking the questions even if he disagreed with them."

Eight year old Alexa Vanhooser from Clovis said, "I thought that he just might be the kind of politician that just said 'blah, blah, blah,' but he turned out to be interestinger than I thought."

McCain also did damage control for a comment his top advisor Charlie Black made about how another terrorist attack would only help McCain in November. McCain said, "I cannot imagine why he would say it, it's not true. I've worked tirelessly since 9-11 to prevent another attack on the United States of America."

Senator McCain mentioned his Democratic opponent Barack Obama 7 times today, pointing out their differences and accusing him of flip-flopping on issues like public campaign funding.


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