McCain talks transportation, national defense and Arizona
KINGMAN - Longtime U.S. Sen. John McCain's name has been out there for months this election, and not because of something he said, but for what someone else said.
One of the first controversial statements made by Donald Trump, the Republicans' presumptive presidential nominee, involved McCain when he said, "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured."
McCain's campaign in an email indicated he will support Trump despite the insult - to McCain and prisoners of war in general.
From Lorna Romero, McCain's communications director: "As John McCain has said, he will support the nominee of the Republican Party, who is now presumptively Donald Trump. John McCain believes in the party of Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan and that the Republican philosophy of small government, a strong military and more freedom is essential to future peace and prosperity of our nation and the world. He is adamantly opposed to the continuation of the failed policies of President Obama that would occur under Hillary Clinton and have led to a world more volatile and less safe than any time since World War II."
McCain said he will continue to help keep the nation protected and Arizona strong if he's elected to a sixth term.
"Throughout my tenure in the U.S. Senate, I have championed legislation that will help create a stronger, safer and more prosperous Arizona. From ensuring veterans receive the care they have earned and fighting to keep America safe from the threat of ISIS to addressing drought and catastrophic wildfire, I have never shied away from confronting tough issues," he said to the Miner in a statement.
If there is a federal issue out there that could have a huge impact on Kingman, it's the proposed Interstate 11 that would link Phoenix and Las Vegas - and ultimately Mexico and Canada.
McCain has been a huge proponent.
"Recently, I spearheaded a measure, signed into law last December, that designates the I-11 as a future interstate to connect I-19 to I-10 south to the Tucson International Airport, and the future I-11 from Phoenix north to Las Vegas in I-80 (to Reno in northwestern Nevada), and south to Arizona's southern border." McCain said the legislation calls for the route generally following U.S. 93, meaning it would be built in the vicinity of Kingman.
McCain said he supports efforts to get through the environmental and other planning processes as quickly as possible.
The Senate with McCain's vocal support passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which he said will help Arizona and the nation.
"From once again preventing the Obama administration from prematurely retiring the A-10s stationed at Davis-Monthan to maintaining the Marine Corps' last Search and Rescue unit in the country at Yuma to training the next-generation fighter pilots at the Unparalleled Barry Goldwater Range, the 2017 NDAA will allow Arizona's proud military community to continue making critical contributions to the defense or out nation," he said.