RIVERSIDE, California (CNN) – John McCain announced Tuesday that he will travel to Colombia and Mexico next week, firming up plans that have been the subject of media speculation in recent weeks.
McCain said he will meet with Colombian president Alvaro Uribe to discuss drug trafficking as well as the Colombian Free Trade Agreement, which has stalled in Congress and faces opposition from many Democrats, including Barack Obama.
As was the case with his trip to Canada last week, McCain said this foray will be paid for by his campaign.
“I want to assure [Uribe] that I believe in free trade between our two countries, that I believe our two nations can work together and fight back this scourge of drugs that has so much afflicted their country and ours,” McCain told reporters at a press conference. “And so I will be telling him that. I consider him a friend and I consider the people of Colombia my friends as well.”
He called Colombia a “vital ally” and praised the “enormous battle that they are waging against the drug cartels which have had such a damaging effect on their country but also on ours.”
McCain also contended that Colombia is “succeeding in combating the FARC,” the left-wing guerilla group that has carried out attacks and kidnappings against the government since its formation in the 1960s.
Uribe, the popular second-term president whose father was killed by FARC rebels in 1983, has made eliminating the rebel group a central cause of his administration. He has also clashed publicly with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, whom McCain has called a dictator.
Specific travel details have not yet been announced.
Justin , anybody who was born to a military family no matter what country they are born in is considered a U.S. citizen. Maybe we ought to get to the facts. I read that Obama has two birth certificates . One from KENYA and one from Hawaii. Which one is it. Oh by the way about two months ago they burned thirteen people to death for being witches in Kenya. I forgive you for not knowing that children born to americans in the military are U.S. citizens no matter what country they are born in. But hey you have got to love america and have enough guts to serve in the military before you would know that.
Ronnie, Because we don’t live in the 1800, the world is interconnected on all levels security, economy………
It is amazing how short sided some people are.
Talk about isolation, I am glad that John McCain understand that we need to make sure allies like Columbia and Canada know that there are realistic people in our politics.
Thank god for John McCain.
Obama is dangerous for this country.
It seems that McCain only cares about foreign policies and not domestic issues. I'm tired of hearing about him visiting other countries trying to either help them out or come to some sort of agreement. Let's clean up our own country first.
McCain is reaching out to Colombian Americans and Mexican Americans who live in the USA by visiting these countries. Unfortunately, since McCain's trip will be paid with our taxpayer dollars, we Hispanics won't vote for him, and will be wasting his time.
Leadership for South America that big business can believe in!!!!
The world will laugh at the US if Mccain is elected. You know why? He will further plunge the country into economic woes. Even on the issue of foreign policy, he lacks the tact and wisdom to resolve conflicts. Seems to me that we are really looking at a warmonger here.