McCain Drums Up Support In Hub City - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/11/08

McCain Drums Up Support In Hub City

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On his second scheduled visit to the Hub City, presumptive Republican nominee for President John McCain calls for a greener nation. He spoke to supporters Friday afternoon at the Aerocare Hanger near Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.  McCain says Texas Tech University will play a large role in green, wind energy.

McCain also spoke about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and says Texas troops have performed bravely. McCain encouraged everyone to support and thank our troops, but he also says the war has been mismanaged.

"For too long, this war was mismanaged, and we didn't expand the Army and the Marine Corps, the regular forces, and the Air Force and the Navy and we placed a great burden on our guard and reserve and I also want to tell you, you can be proud to know the Texas Guard and Reserve has performed in the most outstanding, brave, and courageous fashion better than any other time in history, and I know you are proud of them," McCain said. 

He says if troops leave now, they'll have to go back. He praised General David Petraeus, and told the crowd he would rather lose a campaign than lose a war.

"He's a very determined man. He believes in his cause, cause of America, and he is a very patriotic man. I appreciate his service to our nation and I believe, I hope he's conservative enough for Texas and the conservative branch of the Republican Party. He's going to have to show us that, and I hope that he will be," supporter James Williams said. 

McCain also spoke about what he called an "ailing economy", and the country's need to cut dependence on foreign oil. NewsChannel 11 will have more on his comments, and more reaction from supporters on NewsChannel 11 at 10.

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