30 January 2008 - Endorsement: John McCain for President
Yesterday, I sent away for my absentee ballot so I can vote in Tuesday's "Super Tuesday" primary elections in my home state of Illinois. There are a number of important contests. One of the most interesting is the Ninth District's Democratic primary, in which incumbent Jan Schakowsky is being challenged for the first time. For the first time in my life, however, I asked for a Republican ballot.
I am voting for John McCain. If you care about both security and human rights, as I do, McCain is the best candidate. He backed the U.S. troop surge in Iraq when no one else would. He opposed the use of torture when no other Republican would. In addition, no other candidate projects more optimism about America and faith in what it stands for--not even Barack Obama.
I admire Obama, and I think he would make a fine President, but I have found myself disagreeing with him on the issues, from the economy to the war on terror. I also think a withdrawal from Iraq--even the staged withdrawal Obama is proposing--would be a disaster for the U.S. and the world at this point. There are other good candidates in the race. McCain is simply the best.