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Why I Voted For John McCain For US President

Updated on December 19, 2017

John McCain - 2008 US Presidential Candidate

John McCain was the most qualified and best choice for US President in 2008. I voted for McCain in the 2000 and 2008 primaries and voted for him again in the general election.

Why? Mainly because he's the only candidate who rises above ideology and partisan bickering to get things done for the good of America. Read on for more reasons why John McCain was the best candidate for US President in 2008.

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John McCain has proven that he is a leader throughout his military and political career.

As a Naval aviator, McCain flew 23 combat missions over Vietnam before he was shot down and captured as a POW. While a POW, McCain was given the choice to be released early but chose to stay because other American POWs had been held captive longer.

After 5 and a half years of captivity McCain was finally released and returned home. He recovered from his injuries and regained his flight status. Then he commanded one of the Navy's largest attack squadrons.

In Congress, McCain has fought hard to eliminate pork barrel spending. He's challenged Republicans and Democrats to work together in Congress and has led by example in doing so.

John McCain Puts The Needs Of America First

Over personal and party interest.

John McCain has a long track record of working with members of both major political parties in Congress to craft and pass legislation that is in the country's best interests. Some people call him a maverick for breaking party lines and following an independent streak...I call him a true American. He understands that he's working for the American people and that's the kind of politician we need more of in Washington.

"I understand who I work for. I don't work for a party. I don't work for a special interest. I don't work for myself. I work for you."

— John McCain - September 4, 2008

John McCain Was Right On Iraq

Whether you agree or disagree with the decision to invade Iraq, the fact is we're there. McCain has said since the beginning that we didn't have enough troops there to get the job done right. It took way too long but President Bush finally realized this and sent more troops last year. The result has been a reduction in the level of violence and an opportunity for the necessary political changes to occur.

Health Care

McCain had the best health care proposal of any 2008 presidential candidate. It provides a tax credit to purchase health insurance that would allow Americans to choose their own private health care plans or stick with their employer's plan. People work for several companies during their lifetime now and employer based health care plans are a thing of the past...the government just needs to catch up.

Unfortunately, Obama is proposing a government managed health care plan that would create another huge bureaucracy and cost taxpayers dearly.

John McCain Is Right On Torture

If anyone is qualified to speak out about torture, it's John McCain. He was tortured for over 5 years while a POW in Vietnam and has sharply criticized the Bush administration for its use of water boarding and other torture techniques.


McCain knows that we are stewards of the Earth and its resources. He will work to ensure that Americans have clean air and water and that we use our natural resources in a sensible manner.

Books by John McCain

Faith of My Fathers : A Family Memoir
Faith of My Fathers : A Family Memoir
McCain has co-written several books. This memoir covers his life growing up in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both US Navy admirals, through his time as a POW in Vietnam and how the faith they instilled in him guided McCain through five years of captivity.

What About The Competition?

Yes, there are still a few other candidates left in the race who think they would be a better President than McCain. They're wrong...but they are still running anyway.

  • Ron Paul - He has some good proposals on reducing the federal government and getting it back in line with the Constitution. He also has some that aren't so good. Ron Paul can continue to best serve America in Congress. We need more representatives there who believe in smaller government.
  • Barack Obama - I like that he tried to run a positive campaign that didn't take the low road of "win at all costs" politics. But I don't agree with most of Obama's policy positions and he has little experience to back up all the talk. His lack of foreign policy experience is unsettling and his record of non-votes in the Illinois legislature would tick me off if I was a resident of that state. He has created a cult of personality that is very disturbing.
  • Ralph Nader - He's running again? Good for him.
  • Bob Barr - Former Congressman Barr is the Libertarian Party candidate.

Poll Results

In a poll conducted on this page before the 2008 Presidential election, nearly 70% of respondents indicated they planned to vote for John McCain.


You've read my reasons why John McCain should be elected President, what do you think of him? Please comment below...

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    • MacPharlain profile imageAUTHOR


      23 months ago

      @Brad Masters, thanks for proving the point that John McCain put the best interests of the country ahead of party and special interests. That's exactly what he did in his final years.

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      24 months ago

      In his final years the true colors of McCain shone brightly, unfortunately he became the opposite of what you glorified. He became a Rino and joined the democrat resistance to president Trump. In the election against Obama, we the voters couldn't win as it was evil versus evil, and the proof is history.

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      9 years ago

      I voted for McCain the first time (primaries) but after he picked Palin, I voted Libertarian. The Republicans have lost my vote as long as they stay off the deep end.

      I just created a lens with polls on the 2012 issues. Things will be getting interesting for the next 14 months or so.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens; he would have been much better for the country than what we ended up with... and Palin would have been much better than Biden. Unfortunately it doesn't look like McCain is going to get another opportunity, which is a shame, he's one of the best candidates we've had in a long time.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      11 years ago from Michigan

      I would've preferred Romney, but there was never any question that I would vote for the Republican, and Gov. Palin was several cuts above our current VP. I would trust her decision-making abilities over the current WP occupant.

      Rolling this lens to my own Republican lens.

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      12 years ago

      Are you people retarded?!! McCain is the worst thing that could happen to the U.S.! He is way too old to run for president for one, Sara Palin is an idiot, McCain's speeches are all attacks on Obama, he is the same as Bush, he will do nothing good, please you can't ruin everyones lives by voting for this moron......OBAMA IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO!!!!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      12 years ago from Canada

      As a Canadian, I do not know very much about your candidates. This, however, looks like a nice discussion of McCain. I have just created a page on a lighthearted election theme, "Joe Biden, John McCain, Barack Obama and Sarah Palin Cabbage Patch Dolls" and I have linked your page to my ‘More Reading on the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election’ section and lensrolled it as well.


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      12 years ago

      Don't know why my spouse is voting Obama, this really puzzles me. Perhaps she believes the tax cut will benefit our family.

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      12 years ago

      John McCain will proudly serve our country.

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      12 years ago

      you had your time is up my time now

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      12 years ago

      Great lens! I am proud of the McCain/Palin ticket and will be voting for them. Thank you for all the great info.

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      Life With Joanne 

      12 years ago

      Great lens! I'm a proud PUMA member voting for McCain/Palin!

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      Ruth Coffee 

      12 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      You've done a nice job of presenting your thoughts and some facts here..well done!

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      12 years ago

      Great work on this lens! I've lensrolled it onto my Mccain lens.

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      Michey LM 

      12 years ago

      It is an excellent lens, motivation, and presentation. I tried myself to lay down my ideas in …/2008Surprises lens

      I definitely will vote to McCain-Palin ticket.


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      12 years ago

      John McCain is my choice. Obama never was

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      Susan Deppner 

      12 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Excellent arguments. McCain was not my first choice, but I'm learning to like him more and some of the things you point out I definitely agree with; some I hadn't thought much about. Thanks for the work on the lens. Good job!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      12 years ago

      Very nice lens. I also supported McCain in the 2000 primary, and was pretty disappointed when he lost to Bush. His age bothers me, but his mother seems to be vibrant. That counts for something. Squid Angel Blessed!

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      12 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I haven't decided yet who to vote for. I started a lens about Sarah Palin and am amazed at the responses. Personally, I think she's awesome in many ways, though there are a few minor things I don't care for or agree with. For the most part I admire her for speaking her mind. Now I'm researching more about McCain and Obama. Before Sarah Palin came on the scene, I had no interest in the political scene. I can identify with her. I love that she isn't a lawyer.

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      12 years ago

      It's past time for a change in this Country. The Bush Administration has had 8 years to tear apart this Country and we don't need McCain and his camp to add to the fire. I am proud to say that I will be casting my vote for Obama...

      For those of you who don't support Obama, I'm assuming you're ok with the high gas prices, over priced groceries and the state of the economy. Let me guess all of you McCain voters are rich and are ok with paying less taxes than the average middle class American. We will see Obama in the White House in Nov.

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      12 years ago

      Great lens, lots of information. You should join our new group about US Presidents,and presidential hopefuls!

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      12 years ago

      I agree - there are A lot of middle class, 50's women's vote. I also am one of them and an Independent to boot. First time in my 58 years that I was brought to tears - with Sarah Palin's acceptance speech. Finally, a team to vote for that is not the least of all evils. Yes indeed - shout it from the rooftops. Look out "good old boys". "BRING IT ON BABY"!!!

      P. Coyle

      Long Islander for McCain

      Iowan for McCain

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      12 years ago

      I was unsure about him even though there was no way in hell I was gonna vote for Obama- but him picking Palin for VP is a EXTREMELY smart choice and I will back him for President now and am gonna back Dino Rossi for Gov. of Washington State.

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      12 years ago

      great lens. Didn't know the precise nature of John McCains healthcare plans. I'm glad to see he has some.

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      Susan Deppner 

      12 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very well put-together lens! Thanks for adding it to my Republican Convention lens.


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