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

Crime on McCain agenda, while Obama focuses on religion

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/07/01/campaign.wrap/art.mccain.afp.gi.jpg caption="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. Obama/Hillary 08

    I wonder if Joe Liberman is the one that is going to launches the new terror attack. Please stop scaring people for political reason. America, it is not true no terror attack in 2009. If there is one Joe Lieberman and the Republican Party is behind it.

    July 1, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. ron

    if obama messes up on this faith strategy, or gets tripped up on McCain's crime thing maybe he can make another speech and explain it to us. i think Chicago would be a good venue for it

    July 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Don Colony14Author, Mt Prospect, IL

    McCain is wrong to suggest that the federal government can "...make sure they are equipped with the resources they need to fight crime." Law enforcement is a local, not a federal, issue. (Of course, many liberals who are now criticizing McCain for these remarks seemed not to be so critical when Bill Clinton said the same things 15 years ago.) Local law enforcement is helped by local taxing bodies, not the President of the United States. (Take 10 points away from McCain for his comments.)

    The best way for a President to help local law enforcement is to appoint federal and Supreme Court judges who are tough and who follow the Constitution, rather than use it to further their own pet social causes. (Take 50 points away from Obama for this issue, as he is much more likely than McCain to appoint the same kinds of panty-waist judges as did Clinton and Carter.)

    July 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Ian

    "Crime on McCain's agenda". Too funny.

    July 1, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Proud American

    McCain making promises he wont keep king of flip-flopping!

    July 1, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Danel

    It's amazing how Bush and McCain takes credit for the new GI bills? McCain did not even bother to show up to vote and Bush threaten to veto the bill. Thank God enough votes were cast to veto free the bill sponsored by Sen. Webb. and yet McCain takes credit for it when Bush mentioned his name. What a shame!!

    July 1, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Roderick

    Some of these comments are stupid. Independent -your comment is stupid because Mr. Obama is not a muslim. He is trying to do good smart things. The faith-based program was not bad in theroy but in practice when you only look at one faith or one religion as good and all others as bad or lessor in closeness to God. What's wrong with being a muslim? What's wrong with being a Jew? Nothing! So why would it be a big deal if an elected official was of a faith other than a Christian? Christians do right and wrong things just like everyone else. Look at the whole person. Mr. Obama is smart. Mr. McCain is smart. Look at the direction they want to take the country and how they'd do it and not at stupid stuff- we have had enough of that!

    July 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Loretta from California


    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.
    Yes he has, he did speak out on this subject, but it has only been shown once. Candy Crowley has reported on this.

    What can I say.....if it's not a negative attack directed at Senator Obama the media won't spend much time reporting, or talking about it.

    July 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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