Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Norton, McCain to Press Case for Political Courage in Afghanistan War

Norton and Arizona Senator to Campaign in Colorado Sunday

Denver, CO – Flanked by a man she called "the foriegn policy conscience of America," Jane Norton will press the case for a renewed commitment to victory in the War on Terror and its central front in Afghanistan in two campaign stops.

Norton will be joined Sunday on campaign stops in Denver and Grand Junction by Arizona Senator John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican Presidential nominee in 2008, and the man widely credited as being an author of the surge strategy in Iraq.

"When Barack Obama, most Democrats, and a handful of Republicans called for retreat in Iraq, John McCain was the first to call for a surge – a plan for victory. And today, with some shortsighted politicians likewise questioning our mission in the war in Afghanistan, now is the time to remember the lessons of the surge. Now is the time to show political courage. John McCain believes that, and so do I.

Senator McCain's visit on behalf of Norton will highlight fundamental differences between her and Ken Buck regarding the war on terrorism, especially the central front of the fight in Afghanistan. In interviews throughout the campaign, Buck has said that terrorists have done a "cost-benefit analysis" and aren't likely to attack again. Buck has also been uneven on the question of Afghanistan, flip-flopping on the question of how long the U.S. should maintain a presence.

Said Norton, "Ken Buck's fundamental misunderstanding of the fight against terrorism is both reckless and dangerous. Terrorists aren't taught the tools of 'cost-benefit analysis' at terror training camps; terrorists are taught to kill American citizens. This critical juncture is not the time to waffle back and forth on a timetable for retreat in Afghanistan. The brave men and women of our fighting forces are committed to dismantling the insurgency. John McCain knows that we can never retreat from terrorism, and I am grateful for his support."

According to the campaign, McCain and Norton will attend campaign events in Arapahoe and Mesa counties. The event in Grand Junction will be held at Mesa State (12th & North) at 2:30 pm on Sunday, August 8.

Senator McCain previously served the nation in the United States Navy, spending 22 years as a naval aviator and earning the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.