Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Welcoming McCain Back in the Mix
--David Gergen, Former Presidential Advisor & CNN Sr Political Analyst

As a commentator, I am neutral about who ought to be our next president, but I must confess to a certain amount of happiness in seeing John McCain climb back into the competition.

Over the Christmas holiday, I had occasion to read portions of two of the books he has written with his confidante Mark Salter: "Character is Destiny" and
"Why Courage Matters."

Both of them tell stories of his heroes, Teddy Roosevelt to Winston Churchill, Sojourner Truth to Aung San Suu Kyi. But one of the stories I liked best was about his own dad, who commanded all of U.S. forces in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. When the President tried to shorten the war by bombing Hanoi, it was the duty of Admiral McCain to order B-52s to drop bombs over Hanoi, knowing that his own son was being held captive near their targets. "He prayed on his knees every day for my safe return.. But his conscience required him to do his duty..."

By his own admission, John McCain is far from perfect; he writes movingly of past struggles with honesty. Through sheer will, he works every day to improve his character and become more like his dad. His chances of winning the GOP nomination are now very slim -- Romney, Huckabee and Giuliani all have much better chances. But to have someone of McCain's character back in the mix lifts the quality of the campaign.
Posted By CNN: 12:22 PM ET
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David,
Yeah I think John has way better qualifications than most of the others! I mean he has been there and done that while the others can just talk or imagine it. Too bad the others that will get the nods can't be as qualified or honest! They could atleast ask his input on certain things! But I won't hold my breath on that though! LOL

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 12:41 PM ET
Hi David. I'm a liberal Democrat, but have always respected John McCain. That is, until recently. What happened to him? Speaking at Liberty University, his "bomb Iran" joke, his laughable stroll through a Baghdad market...this is not the same man I once admired. And it's one of the reasons why he has a poor chance at the nomination.
Posted By Anonymous Stacy, St. Louis, MO : 4:02 PM ET
Its too bad McCain hasn't a better chance than he does right now. He is one of the few candidates that actually answers questions directly and talks about the issues and stands his ground on his position because he feels it is the right thing to do - not because its the popular thing to do.

Perhaps this is not a fair statement to make at this point in the campaign but I would far rather see McCain win than Huckabee, Romney, or Guilani - having a man with true integrity in the White House rather than just another politician would benefit the nation immensely in a time when we need that quality again.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 4:59 PM ET
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