One On One With Sen. John McCain: Mitt Romney And North Escamiba
January 28, 2012
In 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican presidential nominee, edging out Mitt Romney to face off against Democrat Barack Obama. Now, McCain’s on the campaign trail singing Romney’s praises.
Friday afternoon, McCain took the time for a one-on-one phone interview with NorthEscambia.com.
“Mitt Romney has the experience in the public and private sector to be the next president and lead this country,” McCain said. “With a win in the Florida primary, he will have the wind at his back and the momentum needed to win.”
McCain said Romney is the best chance that Republicans have of beating Obama. And once in the White House, “he knows how to work with Democrats across the aisle,” the Arizona senator said, to accomplish the Romney agenda.
As for a Romney running mate — McCain said he’s looking toward Florida’s own Marco Rubio because “he’s top tier and has the experience”.
McCain said a Romney administration would be a good thing for areas like North Escambia. There is an answer, he said, to the financial ills like unemployment and business failures in North Escambia.
“We need to give businesses large and small the kind of certainty about the future that they need to invest and light a fire in your communities,” he said. “But that’s not happening now. They never know when the next regulation is coming down from Washington.”
“It’s the same with the smalls cities and towns; there’s too much regulation,” McCain said.
McCain said he feels a special bond with Escambia County where he and other McCain family members attended flight training in Pensacola.
“National security and defense spending is very important,” McCain said, turning back from reminiscing about Escambia County to the campaign at hand. “And Mitt Romney understands that national security is important in this community.”