McCain robocall promotes Norton

Some area residents who don’t go out to see Arizona Sen. John McCain in town today might just get him on the telephone.

That’s because he has made a robocall recording for Jane Norton, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate whom McCain is in town campaigning with prior to Tuesday’s primary.

In the 30-second call, McCain blasts Norton’s GOP primary opponent, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, saying Buck is weak when it comes to the nation’s war in Afghanistan.

“The threat of terrorist attacks against America is very real. That’s why we must win the war in Afghanistan to deny al- Qaida a safe haven from which to launch attacks against us,” McCain says in the call, which is going out to Mesa County voters and others around the state. “Jane Norton supports victory in Afghanistan. Her opponent has suggested an early withdrawal from Afghanistan before victory over the terrorists is assured. Please vote for Jane Norton in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. She will stand with General David Petraeus and me for victory in Afghanistan.”

Norton’s campaign manager, state Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, said Buck recently was quoted in the Colorado Statesman, a weekly political newspaper, as saying the terrorists should do a “cost-benefit analysis” to determine if they should continue their attack on American soldiers.

“The comment puts him to the left of about a dozen Democrats in the U.S. Senate,” Penry said in an e-mail. “Plus, Jane has a grandson set to go to Afghanistan later this year. She doesn’t take this view lightly.”

The Buck campaign could not be reached for comment, but his comments in the Statesman went further than Penry’s portrayal, saying the United States needs to make sure Afghanistan is not a safe haven for terrorists.

“We need to make sure we do our best to disrupt and dismantle the drug flow out of Afghanistan, primarily poppy and heroin flow,” he also told the newspaper.

“I think we need to promote regional stability in Central Asia. Once we’ve accomplished those goals, I think we need to maintain a minimal force, and I think we need to withdraw our forces from Afghanistan.”

McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential candidate, will appear with Norton at 2:30 p.m. today in front of Mesa State College at 12th Street and North Avenue.


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