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Minuteman To Challenge McCain In Primary

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Chris Simcox, who founded the border-patrolling Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, plans to challenge former Republican presidential nominee and current Arizona senator John McCain in the Republican primary in 2010.

Ben Smith, who reported the story today, points us to Simcox's Web site. Here's a bit from the "border security" section:

Immigrants new to this country need to learn what freedom is and how you go about keeping it. They need to learn to speak our language to be a productive part of our work force. For American citizenship to have real, lasting meaning, we must reject the amnesty that causes even more to come here illegally, we must secure our borders and create a legal immigration system built on a rubric of national security and economics with the welfare and job security of the American citizen first and foremost in the design.
Smith reports that Simcox plans to formally announce his candidacy at an event at the Mexican border tomorrow; in a release, he will say that McCain "has failed miserably in his duty to secure this nation's borders and protect the people of Arizona from the escalating violence and lawlessness."

McCain, long known as a moderate on immigration, gave up on his immigration reform legislation during the Republican primary campaign.

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