McCain Touts GOP Credentials in Kansas

He may be leading the race, but Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, isn't ready to declare it won just yet.

McCain appeared at a campaign rally in Wichita Friday afternoon, ahead of Saturday's Kansas Republican caucuses. The state has 36 delegates up for grabs, with no candidate yet clinching the nomination.

"This race is not over," McCain said. "I would appreciate your support."

McCain spoke to a crowd of several hundred people at Hawker Beechcraft Services in Wichita. He told them they are among the most productive workers in the world, and, as President, he would work to open every market possible for their products.

While he didn't mention the man closest to him in the GOP race, Mike Huckabee, McCain did talk about the Democrats and why he would be a better choice.

"Do you want the government to run the health care system in America or do you want families in America making those decisions about their health care?" McCain asked. "Do you want higher taxes and larger government or lower taxes and smaller government? I think I know the answer to that."

McCain spent several minutes of his approximately 20 minute speech talking about the war in Iraq.

"If we had announced a date to for withdrawal from Iraq and withdawn troops the way that like Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton want to do, al-Qaida would be celebrating that they defeated the United States of America and that we surrendered," McCain said. "I will never surrender to al-Qaida in this world. I will never surrender."

It was a position he reiterated when asked about objections over the war's cost. McCain says withdrawing troops would result in billions of dollars in taxpayer money and American blood.

Kansas Senator, and former Presidential candidate, Sam Brownback was with McCain Friday. McCain said he would be proud to have Brownback at his side "in any capacity" as President. However, McCain said he wasn't talking about as Vice President. He joked that the Vice President has only two real duties - breaking a tie vote in the Senate and checking the President's health every day.


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