With Anti-American Violence Spreading, McCain Cites Brown’s Military Experience
BOSTON - With anti-American violence spreading around the world, U.S. Senator John McCain today officially endorsed Scott Brown’s re-election bid and pointed to Brown’s military experience as qualifying him to provide “strong leadership” in these challenging times.
In a video release, McCain says that Brown, an officer in the National Guard, ”understands the challenges we face, and he has the experience, wisdom and the temperament to influence the choices our nation makes.”
Specifically, McCain refers to the loss of American lives, including Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador killed in Libya, in making the case that Brown “understands that our freedoms are preserved by a strong military” and that “our number one priority is keeping Americans safe at home and abroad.”
Last month, McCain presided over the ceremony when Brown was promoted to the rank of colonel in the National Guard. McCain and Brown both serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
To watch McCain endorse Brown, please see: http://youtu.be/
Transcript is as follows:
U.S. SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN: ”Hello, I’m Senator John McCain.
“We live in a challenging world, where America’s strength and resolve is tested daily.
“These times require strong leadership.
“That’s why I’m proud to endorse Scott Brown.
“I have the privilege of serving with Senator Brown on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“Scott is a 32-year member of the National Guard, who last month was promoted to the rank of Colonel at a ceremony in which I was honored to participate. We don’t have enough of this kind of military and leadership experience in Washington. Scott understands that our freedoms are preserved by a strong military and our number one priority is keeping Americans safe at home and abroad.
“Just this last week, we saw violence erupt around the world, including Northern Africa and the Middle East. Our embassies came under attack and American lives were tragically lost, including our ambassador to Libya.
“Scott understands the challenges we face, and he has the experience, wisdom and the temperament to influence the choices our nation makes.
“We need Scott Brown in the Senate, and I hope you will join me in doing everything we can to help him stay there. Thank you.”