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Newt, Bolton, King Urge Vote for McCain on Tuesday

By    |   Monday, 29 August 2016 09:37 PM

With just a day left before Arizona voters go to their primary polling places, four of the country’s leading conservatives are urging Republicans to vote for Sen. John McCain.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, House Speaker Paul Ryan, former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, and former House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King, R.-NY., have all issued strong endorsements of McCain.

On Saturday, House Speaker Paul Ryan gave his support to McCain on Twitter. McCain faces a stiff challenge from state legislator Kelli Ward.

"I know how hard John works for veterans, for the military, for our national security," said Newt Gingrich, calling the Arizona Senator a "national treasure."

The popular conservative added that McCain is "a genuine American hero, a man who has endured a great deal for his country, and a man who I work with and watch him provide leadership as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee."

Bolton declared on a much-listened-to radio program: "John McCain has stood for American interests around the world longer and more effectively than anybody else in the United States Senate."

Bolton, who became a conservative hero for his criticism of the United Nations while George W. Bush’s ambassador, made a reference to McCain’s leading primary opponent and state legislator Kelli Ward.

"This is not a time to have rookies in Congress," he said, "Losing John McCain's experience, knowledge and insight would be a real harm to the United States."

McCain also got the backing of Peter King, considered one of the premier congressional authorities on terrorism and national security.

King, who supported McCain for President in 2008, has worked closely with the senator on terrorism-related issues. Most recently, the two joined forces on an unrelated issue: to secure a posthumous presidential pardon for Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, for a conviction that several historians concluded were on trumped-up charges. 

"I support John McCain 110 percent in 2016, just as I backed him for President back in 2000," King told Newsmax on Monday, "I'm a great admirer, supporter and friend. He's a giant among men and women in public life today."

King specifically underscored that McCain "knows the military inside and out and, significantly, he knows more than any of us where the waste is. And he's a strong hawk when it comes to national defense and that when it comes to terrorism, the U.S. must stay on defense."

According to a just-completed poll by CNN, McCain leads Ward by a margin of 55-to-29 percent among likely voters in the August 30 Republican primary.

Republicans risk losing the Senate this year, and with McCain leading the Arizona ticket, most experts view it a safe seat.

"Having Ward as the party’s nominee, someone completely untested, puts this critical senate seat at risk," one GOP strategist told Newsmax.

Ward has already come under sharp criticism for declaring that McCain is too old to run, and for criticizing the senator after he spoke at a memorial service for Kayla Mueller, a U.S. aid worker who was held hostage by ISIS and later killed.


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