This story was written by Editorial Board, Daily Mississippian
Next Tuesday, one of the most historic presidential races in U.S. history will come to a close. Voters in all 50 states will enter into a private polling booth and decide who they feel is best qualified for carrying the title of Commander-in-Chief.
Much has been said of both Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama since they first entered into their formal campaigns this summer. A consistent theme has developed:McCain has made an argument for being the more experienced of the two, and we agree with this notion.
We feelMcCains experience in foreign affairs and his decision to not raise taxes on anyone of any class of society makes him the clear choice for president.McCain has a history of stepping across party lines; the same cannot be said ofObama.
McCain also has a record as an agent of change. He has promised to focus more on the issues of energy, climate change and excessive government spending, all of which need to be addressed in order for this country to effectively move forward.
Even though we believeMcCain is the best choice on Nov. 4, we have concerns we feel neither candidate has discussed enough in their platforms. Both candidates have promised increased pay for teachers, better educational tools and lower college costs, but neither has exactly explained how they will accomplish these feats.
Not all McCains promises will benefit Mississippi, either. His opposition to earmark spending may go hand-in-hand with his decision to cut government spending, but our state has benefited from earmarks that have been spent on important projects throughout Mississippi.
Many questions have been raised about the two vice presidential nominees, as well. Sen. Joe Biden has in recent weeks presented questionable statements regarding a potential Obama administration. Gov. Sarah Palin has come under fire for not having enough experience to carry out the tasks of a vice president or the president if something were to happen toMcCain.
What our decision ultimately comes down to, though, is who is more qualified for the position as the leader of the Free World.McCain will bring a lifetime of experience to the profession and serve our nation honorably as he has in the past.
It is for these reasons that, in a split decision, we endorseJohn McCain for president of the United States of America.