Posted: June 26, 2007 4:44 PM
McCain Targets Latin America in Miami Speech
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gave a foreign policy address to the Florida Broadcasters Association in West Palm Beach, Fla. on June 20, where he focused on Latin America, saying the United States needed to address areas of concern there, including drug trafficking, terrorism and the government of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.
On Cuba, McCain said, “As president, I will not passively await the long-overdue demise of the Castro dictatorship. My administration will press the Cuban regime to release all political prisoners unconditionally, all political parties, labor unions and free media are legalized and internationally monitored elections are scheduled.”
Over the weekend, the senator traveled to New York for various fund raisers. Raising campaign money carried over into this week, as the second quarter fund-raising period wound down. Christian Ferry, McCain’s national e-campaign director, sent an e-mail to supporters saying the goal is to raise $3 million online by June 30. On Monday, Campaign Manager Terry Nelson sent a similar appeal for donations.
Also over the weekend, McCain’s campaign apologized for comments its Warren County, Iowa chairman, Chad Workman, made in April about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith.
On Monday, McCain traveled to South Carolina for fund raisers and political events. He received the endorsement of Greenville, S.C. Mayor Knox White. McCain also spoke to the Associated Press and said that he doesn’t believe the polls that show him in single digits in South Carolina and Iowa.
Meanwhile, Michael Gerson of the Washington Post penned a column on Friday about the senator’s conservative credentials. He addressed McCain’s notorious temper, but said that “ultimately, however, judgment matters more than temperament in a president. And stepping back a moment from the past few years, McCain’s judgment on the big issues deserves grudging respect from conservatives.”
And a Tuesday Arizona Republic editorial said voters shouldn’t count McCain out even though his poll numbers may be slipping.
But Monday’s Supreme Court decision that the government can’t regulate issue ads paid for by corporate money is a blow to McCain, who has long championed campaign finance reform, and cosponsored the landmark McCain-Feingold bill. ABC News noted that the ruling, combined with new efforts by the Senate to take up the controversial immigration reform bill, could make for a difficult week for the senator.
On the campaign trail this week, McCain planned to fund raise in Virginia, Washington, D.C., New York and Pittsburgh.