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Connie Mack and John McCain Campaigns at Seville Quarter
Senator John McCain of Arizona, left, stumps for 2012 Republican U.S. Senate nominee Connie Mack on Tuesday at Seville Quarter. Mack was making campaign stops in Pensacola, Jacksonville and Tampa as part of The Connie Mack Freedom Tour
October 24, 2012
In his younger days, Pensacola was the home turf for Naval aviator John McCain. Now, as a Republican senator from Arizona, Pensacola has become home turf for his GOPcampaign efforts.
For the second time this month, McCain was in Pensacola, this time with U.S. Senate hopeful Connie Mack IV, a Republican U.S. congressman from Fort Myers who hopes to unseat incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson in the Nov. 6 election. McCain was in town earlier this month to campaign for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
McCain was back in town Tuesday at Seville Quarter’s Lili Marlene’s, where he and Mack received cheers from a crowd of about 60.
“Thanks to Harry Reid, we’ve had the least productive Congress since 1947,” McCain said in reference to the Senate majority leader. “We need to regain the majority in the United States Senate.”
In addition to criticism of Reid, McCain also was critical of Nelson, saying the Democrat has not accomplished anything for Florida.
Joining the GOP rally was Rep. Jeff Miller, the Republican representative from Chumuckla, who told the audience that he and Mack had served in Congress together and were good friends. He said Mack is the right man for senator.
He also said he was excited to have McCain in Pensacola.
“We are so proud that John McCain would call Pensacola a second or third home,” Miller said.
Mack thanked McCain and Miller for their support, as well as the support of those who attended the rally.
Mack also pointed out that Nelson has promised so much to the people of Florida but voted with President Barack Obama.
“I think we need a Republican senator for the state of Florida,” Mack said. “I will vote to repeal Obamacare. I will vote to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act (Wall Street reform). I will vote to pass a budget. And I will vote to defund the United Nations.”
After the rally, McCain and Mack met with supporters and attendees, then left for Tampa.
“I am honored that Sen. McCain came to support me,” Mack said. “We’ve had great turnouts. I think we’re going to win on Election Day.