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By Glenn Kessler
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As the wall-sized images of CNN counted down the clock to when the polls closed in Wisconsin, the crowd packed in the Rennaissance Hotel ballroom here chanted down the numbers before erupting in cheers when the network immediately called the state for the Arizona senator.

John McCain and his wife Cindy appeared before the crowd barely five minutes later, to the beat of "Takin' Care of Business." McCain wasted no time in declaring that he will soon claim the nomination.

"Thank you, Wisconsin, for bringing us to the point where even a suspicious naval aviator can claim with confidence and humility that I will be our party's nominee for president," McCain said.

In his victory speech, McCain appeared to set his sights on silver-tongued Barack Obama as his competitor in the general election, ignoring the fact that Sen. Hillary Clinton is still running neck and neck with the Illinois senator.

"I will fight every moment of every day in this campaign to make sure Americans are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change" that "promises no more than a holiday from history," McCain said.

Ticking off issues from global hot spots, such as the elections in Pakistan, the unexpected retirement of Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's threat to cut off oil supplies to the United States, McCain asked: "Will the next president have the experience? Will we risk the confused leadership of an inexperienced candidate" who, he said, threatened to bomb Pakistan and would sit down with rogue dictators? While McCain did not mention Obama, both referenced statements that have caused Obama grief in the primaries.

In a line that garnered his biggest applause of the night, McCain declared, "My friends, I am not the youngest candidate, but I am the most experienced."

Former Ohio senator Mike DeWine, who lost his seat in the Democratic sweep of 2006, said he has watched McCain since they both joined the House of Representatives in 1982. "He gets foreign affairs. He understands it. He's right, time after time," DeWine said, adding that it would be a strong contrast to the Democrats. "McCain has depth. You cannot get that by walking into the Oval office and saying, 'Okay, I'm president.' "

But DeWine acknowledged that the economy, particularly in hard-hit states like Ohio, will be an issue in the general campaign. "He will continue to address the state of the economy," he said. "The loss of jobs is a big issue."

"Every four years they try to turn this state blue, but they forgot we're the Republican Party with a lot of heart and we will keep the state red," Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted told the crowd. "We all know the road to the White House runs through Ohio."

Click here for a full transcript of McCain's remarks.

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Yes, McCain will be the next US Pesident, because the grapvine info system I belong to has informed me so. His opponent will be Obama, not Clinton. I wanted Clinton to be President so bad because America needs a soft President to eradicate itself of the Hugo Chaves title of Mr. Danger. It means the Americans fired their Presidential system when it failed to protect with regards to the 9/11 incident in New York and the President will never be a real man again so a woman President would have repaired that image, so Mr. Danger is McCain. I know McCain, he served as a pilot in the Vietnam war if I am not mistaken and served time in a military stockade there right? I am sitting here and I see a man in a flight suit and small pistol running through the jungle so I must have seen a photo or news clip of McCain. Well, for Clinton, don't say I didn't remembered you through the campaign. Love you all from Barry Kitchkeesic-Wynn in the big house in the northern half communist country of Canada

Posted by: barry.k.wynn | February 26, 2008 5:20 AM | Report abuse

McCain was born in Panama and as such it sounds as he is not a "Natural
Born Citizen" accordingly to the Constituion meaning of the world "Natural
Born Citizen" indicating Born within the territory, therefore he may not
qualify to run for the office of the president.
Panama was leased and we have no Territorial Rights nor it was considered
US territory.
McCain is a Citizen of the United States because a Law (Controlled by
Congress) that allows Citizenship if Both parents are U.S. citizens.
Section 1 of Article II of the Constitution contains the clause:
"No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United
States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible
to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that
Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and
been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

The origin of the natural-born citizen clause can be traced to a July 25,
1787, letter from John Jay to George Washington, presiding officer of the
Constitutional Convention. John Jay wrote: "Permit me to hint, whether it
would be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of
Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to
declare expressly that the Commander in Chief of the American army shall
not be given to nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen." There was
no debate, and this qualification for the office of the Presidency was
introduced by the drafting Committee of Eleven, and then adopted without
discussion by the Constitutional Convention.

If I may, this is not about McCain per se but rather a legitimate quest for
the truth and clarification.

I'm not a Constitutional scholars, but if you feel as passionate and
fascinated with this subject as I am, in the process of researching you
will discover the vast data that exists of factual information extracted
from US Supreme Court cases as well as the Founding Father Papers during
the process of writing our Constituion you will discover what the actual
intend of "Natural Born Citizen" was and is and what is missing or not to
have it clarified once and for all.
Here is a set of web pages to help you all that love reading and educating
{ Why Did the Founding Fathers Want the President
To Be a "Natural Born Citizen}
{ The Pernicious "Natural Born" Clause of the Constitution}
another Digital book on this subject..

So what is going to be? I guess at the end someone will file suit against McCain to have this mess clarified so future NONE born in USA soil citizens where both Parents are US citizens can run for the office of the President of The United States of America accordingly to the constitution requirements

Posted by: politiciannc | February 20, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Old McLame is as boring as Bob Dull. Does this guy have Alzheimer's or suffer from senility? OMG, this guy is super boring.

Posted by: mawt | February 20, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Okay Mr. McCain. Looks like that "Bombing our allies" kinda worked out didn't it?

Here is Obama's August 2 statement at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars:

"I understand that President Musharraf has his own challenges... But let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. ... If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf will not act, we will."

And here are some excerpts from Tuesday's Washington Post article.

In the predawn hours of Jan. 29, a CIA Predator aircraft flew in a slow arc above the Pakistani town of Mir Ali. The drone's operator, relying on information secretly passed to the CIA by local informants, clicked a computer mouse and sent the first of two Hellfire missiles hurtling toward a cluster of mud-brick buildings a few miles from the town center.

The missiles killed Abu Laith al-Libi, a senior al-Qaeda commander and a man who had repeatedly eluded the CIA's dragnet. It was the first successful strike against al-Qaeda's core leadership in two years, and it involved, U.S. officials say, an unusual degree of autonomy by the CIA inside Pakistan.

It is an approach that some U.S. officials say could be used more frequently this year, particularly if a power vacuum results from yesterday's election and associated political tumult. The administration also feels an increased sense of urgency about undermining al-Qaeda before President Bush leaves office, making it less hesitant, said one official familiar with the incident.

Having requested the Pakistani government's official permission for such strikes on previous occasions, only to be put off or turned down, this time the U.S. spy agency did not seek approval. The government of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was notified only as the operation was underway, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity because of diplomatic sensitivities.

Posted by: urabe | February 19, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

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