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Burnett stumps for McCain at Farragut GOP meeting

Careful to say he’s not “an official representative” of U.S. Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign push in Knox County, Josh Burnett nevertheless listed numerous reasons the anticipated GOP nominee should be elected in November.

Burnett, assistant vice president at Citizens National Bank and a West Hills resident, labeled himself a McCain “volunteer” who spoke to Concord-Farragut Republican Club at its monthly meet-

ing Thursday, April 10, in Gondolier


“If he’s got Knox County, it’s going to spill over into other counties and ultimately Tennessee will be a red state,” Burnett said to begin his roughly 30-minute speech and question-and-answer session to an audience of about 20. “I know he’s gotten somewhat of a bad rap, and his conservative values have been taken into question. … He is uniting the party under his conservative principles.”

Some of McCain’s positions as labeled by Burnett:

• “The alternative minimum tax needs to just go away. That is a $60 billion savings. … That’s real money in your pocket that stays in your pocket.”

• “A plan to reduce the federal capital gains tax. … Investment and hard work should not be penalized through taxes.”

• “A plan to cut corporate taxes from 35 to 25 percent. This decrease will lead to an increase in competitiveness. Will lead to better opportunities for American businesses, and also lead to eventually higher wages for employees.”

• Fewer tax dollars would be offset by “better management, it’s leaner government and vetoing all wasteful spending and pork-barrel spending.”

• “He actually plans on banning taxes on the Internet, and banning new taxes on cell phones.”

Burnett warned that by 2011, “The Democrats plan on pushing through a $100 billion tax increase,” adding that citizens thinking about voting Democratic should “take $700 cash and just leave it in that voting booth because that’s going to come out of our pockets if that tax increase goes through.”

Burnett pointed out that while McCain is “building relationships with foreign governments,” U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the Democratic primary front-running candidate, “sought out” controversial pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. “I don’t think we need that kind of radicalism influencing a presidential candidate, much less a president,” he added.

As for the Iraqi War, Burnett said McCain “had the foresight and fortitude” in 2007 to realize U.S.-led troops needed “The Surge that is working” in 2008.

“John McCain believes success in Iraq is a peaceful and democratic state that poses no threat to its region,” Burnett added. “I think we can all agree on that.”

Concerning the abortion issue, Burnett pointed to McCain’s “24-year voting record for pro-life.”

Burnett blamed the Democratic-led Congress, following mid-term 2006 elections, for increased gas prices and foreclosures, and decreased home equity and investment returns.

Concerning border control of illegal aliens, Burnett said he understands McCain is seeking “more of a diplomatic solution … creating relationships with South America and Mexico.”

As for McCain’s local campaign status, “The party isn’t really organized in Knox County yet,” Burnett said. “I would imagine probably in the next month or two we should have some real organization as far as groundwork.”


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