Mike McGavick on Principles & Values
CANTWELL: I voted for John Kerry. He matched our Northwest values. He won Washington state because he understood our values and would fight for them.
McGAVICK: I voted for George Bush because he understood that the single most important issue facing America was the war to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. I also thought it was more likely, given Bush's record, that he would do more to reduce the debt than John Kerry.
GUTHRIE: The American people could see that the choices we had were terrible. Only 40% of registered voters voted-60% were not served, and were disgusted with the Democrats & Republicans. I voted for change. I voted for Michael Badnarik, who represented a new sensible center in politics, without the extremes of the Democrats & Republicans. My vote represented the values of America; we're socially tolerant yet fiscally responsible. My vote counted because I didn't fall into the trap of voting for the lesser of two evils.
"We are a nation at war. We have a growing federal deficit. We have borders that are not secure. We have a health care system that is so expensive it does not insure our children. We continue to fight over the protection of our natural resources and we know that we still have innocent children among us who will not fully share in the American Dream," McGavick said. "Given this list, doesn't it seem to you that the Senate has better things to do than focus on their partisan differences and filibuster each other's ideas?"
"Over the past 13 weeks I have spent time talking to people from Walla Walla to Bellingham who love this state like I do," McGavick said. "All around the state people have told me that we need to elect a new and different type of leader to the US Senate in 2006. Time and time again the political class in Washington, DC plays the same old blame game, rather than working to fix the very real problems that face our state and our Nation. Simply put, the political class has lost its way. I've heard the outcry for new and different leadership, in this election?I will be that leader."
McGavick formed an exploratory committee in July, led by former Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, Former Senator Slade Gorton, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris, radio host and 2000 Gubernatorial Nominee John Carlson, Western Wireless CEO John Stanton and Pastor Joe Fuiten.
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