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US presidential candidate McCain defends conservative credentials

US presidential candidate McCain defends conservative credentials

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, defending his conservative credentials, said Sunday he is resented by some political activists in Washington while well received by Republicans around the United States.
"I'm pleased with the support that I have all over the country from rank-and-file Republicans who are supporting me, who believe in me," said the senator from Arizona.
McCain is engaged in a difficult balancing act these days.
His defense of the war in Iraq has hurt him with independents who backed his White House bid in 2000. His stands on immigration and campaign finance have raised doubts among some conservatives, still wary of his criticism of evangelical Christian leaders in the 2000 campaign.
He has been running behind former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the polls and has lagged in fundraising.
"My record is very clear. It's very consistent. It's very conservative," McCain said.
McCain generally supports President George W. Bush on Iraq, but is questioning the conduct of the war and would have a different approach to fighting terrorism.
"I would probably announce the closing of Guantanamo Bay. I would move those detainees to Fort Leavenworth" in Kansas, McCain said. "I would announce we will not torture anyone."
The senator has called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to step down. On Sunday, McCain described Gonzales' job performance as "embarrassing." Gonzales has been under fire for his handling of the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys.
McCain made the comments on "Fox News Sunday."


Updated : 2021-04-15 17:15 GMT+08:00