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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    For those of you who don't know it, Bill Clinton provided special federal funding for local police, and George Bush eliminated it. Crime was greatly reduced in American cities during Clinton's tenure and rose again under Bush.

    That wildly right wing McCain is simply doing the sensible thing – reinstating the funding that is much needed in Barack's "I-was-a-community-organizer" favorite stomping grounds.

    Clinton was correct then (as usual), and McCain is correct now. BO doesn't want to embrace this idea because that's where his "street-wise" support is coming from. No Guts.

    July 1, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Brian

    If McCain is trying to tackle crime, maybe he should start with the Bush White House.

    July 1, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. John McCain-McFlip-Flop-McBush is no "maverick"

    Another fear-based topic for McSham to exploit. When will he stop being a typical Rethuglican and be the maverick he so often claims?

    July 1, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Bulldog

    McCon is once again pandering. He doesn't know which side to stand on. We need a debate with two podiums and John McCon running back and forth debating himself. He is a very confused old man.

    July 1, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Jon

    I can believe in what John McCain says because it comes from his heart. Barak, on the other hand, comes off as being too fake and preacherish. Why must he lecture and preach to us! He should be lecturing and preaching to the wayward Democrats.

    July 1, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Phil

    Got to love the negative Nancies that appear to try to discredit McCain. McCain isn't my first choice for President, but he is definitely a better pick than Obama. For some reason people are thinking Obama is either the next Coming or is JFK reincarnated. If I remember correctly, JFK wasn't exactly the greatest President. He was just a young guy who had a nice smile and charisma. McCain does have our country's best interest at heart and he has experience. Obama is just smoke and mirrors and a nice smile.

    July 1, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Former Bitter HRC Supporter Coming Around

    Obama – I adamantly disagree with you on this. Jesus is not being elected to the White House – you are.

    I'm athiest, but respect other's beliefs. The government is supposed to represent the people and the people have different beliefs. To support the evangicals directly would be alienating those that have a different faith or none at all.

    The church does NOT need anymore money. I see extravagant churches being built all the time with many of the Rev's and Ministers living very comfortable lives.

    July 1, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. ted

    ************** Are you better off now than when you VOTED for DEMOCRAT C H A N G E in 2006.
    Get ready for $10.00 a gallon gas, hope you like it......Sure Obama, Ried, and Pelosi will, because they have so much in common with rest of us.

    NO MORE C H A N G E, 2008

    July 1, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. David S., CA

    So McCain heads to Mexico to pander to the Hispanic lobby. I hope he lets them know he is going to shut down the border if elected. Only way he will get my vote.

    July 1, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. literacy is for loosers

    Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter July 1st, 2008 11:15 am ET
    "To Literacy is for Loosers (sic):

    I imagine you would think, and share the thought, that "literacy is for loosers (sic). For your enlightenment, it's "losers," not "loosers."

    I see you've been able to avoid spelling in particular, as well as thinking in general. Do say something more coherent in reply to my statement. We would all appreciate that.

    PS: coherent means clear and logical."

    Uh... the bad spelling was intentional. Think you could be a little bit angrier next time?

    July 1, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Farrell, Houston, Tx July 1st, 2008 11:44 am ET


    Did you actually read anything about this? If you did you would know that he was not convicted of a crime. Others were so why was he not, maybe because he didn't do any thing wrong. You all post that here like it is a crime he committed when in fact he was exonerated.

    want to talk about crimes, what about the houses and offices that Bill Ayers bombed.Obama has no problem being friends with admitted murderers and terrorists. He is close to a man that not only admits to the crimes but actually said that he wished he had done more

    July 1, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. scotty

    Crime is a issue, Washington can help fund local police, religion and getting the shirt off someones back are non issues nice to see barrack keeps to his ways after the primaries.

    July 1, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Bayou Joe

    Obama has no clue as to how Religion and Politics are intertwined in American Culture. His statement that this is not a Christian Nation, completely contradicts our History. This is not a nation founded on Budhha, Mohammed as you claim it is. We are a Christian Nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles. We do allow persons of other faiths to come to America and allow them to worship as they see fit to do so, which in my opinion will lead to the destruction of the Untied States, just like the Roman Empire was destroyed when their former captives came to Rome and controlled the Senate.

    We will defeat you in November and elect John McCain. Not because of Religion, or Race, but because you have no clue as to how to defend America from the Islamic JIHADISTS.

    July 1, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Clinton Supporter

    To Literacy is for Loosers:

    I do think I could muster a lot more anger next time. Actually, this time I thought it was kind of funny. But I will try to be angrier in the future.

    Thanks for the tip!

    July 1, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Jan from Michigan

    Are you Obama people serious? Why do you keep cutting up the Clintons when your exalted candidate , "who knows whats best for all of you" has embraced them both and begged them to help him out with the center? You should be thanking the Clintons, on bended knee" as Obama alone has only the far left as full supporters! I would be willing to bet that HC or even Bill has already been given a big job in his government if he wins. They, together, have far more power than Edwards, Richardson, Kerry, etc. You had better start supporting his choices! They know how to play the system-so just get on the full bandwagon and stop being immature and thinking he belongs to you!

    July 1, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Greg, Pottstown, Pa: Thanks for asking. I lived in Phx, AZ where this crime was committed and was in commercial banking at the time in which we were also affected. Didn't need to read about it, worked to help investors recover as minimally as required because Lincoln Savings and Loan was not FDIC insured. Okay.

    July 1, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. jimmy velman

    TO ELLIE , from Aurora, Colorado:
    I just wish you could understand the context of my comments on a possible war with Iran and its capabilities to inflict retaliatory damage on our "RESOURCES" . In case you dont know and you obviously do not. Resources here means our armament, ordnance and all the array of capabalities we have, to wage overwhelming force on the enemy.

    July 1, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Ken

    While McCain is out talking issues Obama is giving fluff speeches on patriotism and religion. He is so naricistically wrapped up in his image and trying to be everything to everyone that he has forgotten he is running to be president of the US – not homecoming king. He is all over the place with issues – very unstable and insecure where he stands. The groomers pushed him when he wasn't ready for the big league.

    July 1, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. LT for Obama

    Ben – McCain himself has promoted the current war on Iraq and does not support talking to our enemy, just taking them on as he see fits. This is why he is called a war monger. If he wants to combat this label, he needs to take steps to dispell the label which he seems to be okay with.

    Chuck – McCain is talking politics? This man has changed his position on everything including his own sponsored bills. Obama on the other hand has changed his position on only a few issues but still stands strong on most of them. If you bothered to actually listen to his speeches instead of rumor, you would know that he addresses issues regularly.

    I for one pull up the live video on CNN while at work and listen to speeches of both McCain (hard to do but I do it) and Obama. Everyone should try it or watch on TV and get the real answers.

    July 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Mike

    You can throw Government ( Tax ) dollars at Law Enforcement to buy toys. But! If the Economy goes down the toilet where the Republicans have put it. Crime will keep going up.

    July 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Ariana

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I must say, he is so persistent in saying he's not Muslim. Not once has he said..."not that there's anything wrong with it." Also his undying support for Israel is such a sham. Makes me lose some respect for him.

    July 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Crush Rush

    Tax the all churchs now and tell me one good reason not to.

    July 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Jason

    Democrats stop with the he is only using fear tactics he is not and you sound stupid. Besides if he was and anyone fell for it they are stupid. Funny how the point that if McCain is elected he will put a justice on the court that will put back the women's movement 50 years and overturn Roe V. Wade is not considered a scare tactic or fear politics. Your hypocracy knows no bounds. This is why we lose elections whine and snivel no solutions and electing the wrong candidates over and over. We needed a centrist not a leftist ingrates!

    July 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Truth B Told


    WHY IS McCain talking about crime!!!! He doesn't care cause crime does not effect anywhere he's been the last 10 years!!! What does he know! Oh Crime for McCaine is not the same crime THE PEOPLE live everyday!

    CNN I post early why don't you post all the Important BLOGS! Let the TRUTH B TOLD


    July 1, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Rog in NJ

    Honor is:
    When someone insults your brothers in the armed forces you defend them.
    John Kerry earned a purple heart and who knows what other awards for his service in war. Johnny McCain stood by and laughed as his political friends ripped apart the hero John Kerry.
    McCain throws a hissy fit when people question HIS military experience.
    However I say to McCain, People would respect you more if you had stood up for your brother Kerry instead of moving out of the way and letting him be discredited unjustly like you did.
    You can have honor without ever being in a war.
    Obama in 08!

    July 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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