July 1st, 2008
10:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Crime on McCain agenda, while Obama focuses on religion

Sen. John McCain will be the keynote speaker at the National Sheriffs' Association's conference in Indiana.

Sen. John McCain will be the keynote speaker at the National Sheriffs' Association's conference in Indiana.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain on Tuesday is expected to tell law enforcement officials that he'll make sure they have what they need to fight crime before he flies to Latin American for stops in Colombia and Mexico.

McCain is the keynote speaker at the National Sheriffs' Association's 68th annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The senator from Arizona is expected to praise those involved with law enforcement and describe action the government has taken to make cities safer. McCain will tell the officers that, as president, he would make sure they are equipped with the resources they need to fight crime, according to his campaign.

Following his address, the presumptive Republican nominee will fly to Cartagena, Colombia, for talks with President Alvaro Uribe and other top officials. After visiting Colombia, McCain on Thursday will head to Mexico, where the focus will be on free trade.

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  1. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Maybe Mark Penn will hitch a ride to Colombia with McCain. Then both Charlie Black and Mark Penn can discuss how they will pool their lobbying efforts together while McCain nods in agreement!

    July 1, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Mike - Texas

    Interesting, Obama is taking a Bush initiative that was held in contempt and under funded by the democRATs and is making it his own in an effort win over the religious "moral center". Remeber how the democRATs fought Bush's religious initiative tooth and nail??

    Promises, promises.

    I wonder if these funds will be destributed evenly, as they were under Bush, or if they will be funnelled to left wing religous figures like Rev. Wright and Father Pfleager??

    July 1, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Bulldog

    Aren't law enforcement run by the states and local governments? How is the federal government going to "make sure they are equipped with the resources they need to fight crime" when the individual states control their law enforcement. Is McCon confused again?

    July 1, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. J

    Resources cost money. Money requires taxes. McCain is cutting taxes even further than Bush has. He is a horrible liar.

    July 1, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Independent Voter

    Obama is so fixated on convincing us he is not a Muslim and he is religious that he's beefing up the Faith Based programs. Ask anyone dealing with federal dollars in a non-profit anywhere in America what crap this is! Church and state-does that remind you of anything, Mr "Constitutional Scholar"??

    Meanwhile, McCain pledges to help beef up the police, a more direct approach to inner city violence destroying the nation's metropolitan areas. Look how effective your "Community Organizer in Chicago" was-Chicago is the most crime ridden city in America. Drugs, murders, rapes, you name and Chicago has it.

    For Obama, "let my people go," means unlocking all the prisons.

    July 1, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. John McCain-McFlip-Flop-McBush is no "maverick"

    Another category of fear for McCain to focus on, MY FRIENDS!

    July 1, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. webster208

    Barack is again discussing religion? Is this the same guy who said that people in Ohio have become bitter, they have turned to guns and religion? I wonder what a man who has sat down and listened to Rev. Wright unquestioningly for 20 years has to say about religion. But this is Washington politics as usual. He is not talking about religion because he is interested in spirituality. He is trying to fight the persistent impression that he is muslim. His campaign objects noisily every time his full name (including his middle name) is used, even if that is his true and correct name. He is not allowed to be photographed within 20 miles of anyone wearing a burka. Even when he talks about religion, he has his political interests at the top of his mind. What is he going to change in Washington?

    July 1, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Julie

    Thanks McCain for keeping us safe. My husband is a deputy sheriff and they desperately need someone like you in their corner!

    Good luck Obama in recruiting more 20-year old followers. Try pizza, beer and the promise of watching some Ben Stiller/Adam Sandler movies – usually works wtih the late teen/twenty something year olds.

    July 1, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. CB

    Yep, you need to get tough on crime – because when the Republicans push oil prices up to $10 a gallon – a lot of people will be committing crimes. And when the war continues to break the bank, and people are suffering so bad they have no where to turn, you're gonna need to put more money into locking them up.

    Conservatives always "get tough on crime" – when are they ever going to start giving some cash towards law-abiding citizens who can't afford to pay for basic stuff – like health care!

    July 1, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. It takes sound judgement, not experience

    The pandar man. I will say anything to anybody to get their vote even if I have to lie. Of course I will forget it in a day or two and then say the complete opposite cause I'm desperate to be elected. This is my only chance people, i want it so bad.

    July 1, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Shelly in IL

    Finally, one really good and important issue being discussed. Thanks McCain.

    July 1, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Loretta from California

    Our Law Enforcement Officers should already have everything that they need to fight crime? Didn't George W. pledge to do this too? Did he not fulfill his commitment?


    July 1, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Another "political pandering" by McCain to gather votes. Old music to changing times.......the times are changing, but the political ringtones remain the same.

    July 1, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. pp

    Crime? ask bush n cheney over a drink, any drinks, and see what they tell u? And say that they support u because they know u r a pal to them,,and u understand what to do once u r president.... they will choose yr VP too dont worry abt looking..they know...who it will be..and sadly u can not do any thing but flow with the tide of greed and manipulation of honest American citizens good hearts and efforts...

    Kudos to all...as per Mayan calendar world finishes in 2012...so no point :))))))))))))))))

    July 1, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Jim

    I thought he was a hands off government kinda guy, and says if we help anybody it would only raise our tax's...so how is he gonna help anyone including law enforcement if he doesn't want to invest in anything beside's Iraq.

    July 1, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Jenna Jameson

    McCain –

    On the subject of crime and giving policemen what they need.

    How do you propose to thwart the every escalating "arms race" police face on the streets where criminals out gun them.

    Should the police simply just keep getting BIGGER GUNS? ( This is not a soution in my book).

    Or do you do something actively to take guns out of the hands of criminals? (This makes more sense to me).

    Unfortunately that pesky 2nd ammendment excuse is used to keep handguns in the public's hands and we don't know who the future offenders will be, do we?

    We do't hold gun owners responsible if a criminal obtains their weapon ( by whatever means), do we?

    You can't profess your "respect & support" for law enforcement in one breath and tacitly support the means by which they die every day.

    July 1, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    Mccain Is A Liar! You Cant Cut Taxes And Still Give Law Enforcement Everything They Need To Fight Crime! Its Simple Economics. . . . Something Mccain Knows Nothing About!

    July 1, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. pp

    DYALIGHT ROBBERY: please watch this new documentary by BBC on Iraq and American wasted interests. there in...dont cry wolf iff US dollar hits the bottom or OIL hits the sky...we all allowed it to happen ...and we are so cynical that instead of thinking afresh...we better suffer like blind folded slaves for a meal a day.......donnoo....

    i marvel at Dick Cheney...only in America he cud pull it off after taking bush on his right arm pit....its not Bush its DC.....think again? thanks

    July 1, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Obama Supporter from FL

    I really wish that some of these people discussing separation of church and state had some understanding of that doctrine. Are you aware that the state (the government) subsidizes religious contributions? They can be deducted on your taxes – this is the equivalent of a limited subsidy. If that doesn't run afoul of the Constitution then Obama's desire for government support of faith based initiatives certainly doesn't.

    Plus, if you read the article, "Under Obama's proposal, groups accepting federal grant money cannot use the funds 'to proselytize to the people you help' and employees cannot be hired or fired on the basis of religion."

    I suggest before you start blogging about the separation of church and state, you get an education...

    July 1, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. al






    July 1, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. California Gold

    Maybe Columbia and Mexico will offer him a job.

    July 1, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. If You're Still for Hill... You Need HELP

    Uh oh, here come the "He's a Muslim and a Terrorist because his middle name is Hussein" people who refuse to remember he was raised by his mother and grandparents who are from Kansas... who are not Muslims. His father left when he was two. That kind of information comes from people who... I don't know, read. So go ahead a cue the morons who are going to spew lies about nothing....

    July 1, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Ray Victory

    Seems that Obama is more comfortable discussion Christian principles than McCain is.

    I trust that the New Testament will have a better influence on American policy in an Obama administration than a McCain administration.

    Of the two, it's Obama that has a history of giving to the poor & needy ... in the teachings of Christ.

    And it's Obama that would have kept us out of this Iraqi war which was fought on trumped up, fabricated grounds.

    Obama is strong enough to take us to war when it is needed. This just wasn't the time.

    Unfortunately McCain didn't see that ... maybe he needs to read his bible to be a better leader.

    July 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. MLG

    Go McCain 08

    July 1, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Mike - Texas

    Hey CB

    It is funny that you blame the Republicans for high gas prices when the democRATs will not allow us to drill.

    NO to drilling in ANWR

    NO to drilling off shore

    NO to drilling in Colorado

    NO to nuclear power

    A "true" switch to alternative fuels will take 15 – 20 years.

    Bio fuels have already shown their short comings in Europe and have driven up food prices here!

    Get ready for $8 – $10 a gallon gasoline thanks to the democRATs!!

    WAKE UP people and think about it a little bit.

    July 1, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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