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About John McCain As the son and grandson of distinguished Navy admirals, John McCain deeply values duty, honor and service of country. John attended college at the United States Naval Academy, and launched a 22-year career as a naval aviator upon his graduation. He continued the McCain tradition of service to country passed down to him from his father and grandfather when he asked to serve in the Vietnam War. On July 29 1967, John narrowly survived the first of many near-death experiences during his lifetime while preparing to take off on a bombing mission over North Vietnam from his ship, the USS Forrestal. A missile accidentally fired from a nearby plane struck the fuel tanks on John's plane and created a deadly inferno aboard the ship. John barely escaped the fiery disaster that killed 134 men, injured hundreds more and destroyed 20 planes. Instead of taking the option to return home after the Forrestal disaster, Senator McCain volunteered for more combat duty - a fateful decision that stopped the clock on his life and separated him from his family, and country, for five and a half years. During his 23rd bombing mission on October 26, 1967, a missile struck John's plane and forced him to eject, knocking him unconscious and breaking both his arms and his leg. John was then taken as a prisoner of war into the now infamous "Hanoi Hilton," where he was denied necessary medical treatment and often beaten by the North Vietnamese. John spent much of his time as a prisoner of war in solitary confinement, aided by his faith and the friendships of his fellow POWs. When he was finally released and able to return home years later, John continued his service by regaining his naval flight status. Senator McCain's last Navy duty assignment was to serve as the naval liaison to the United States Senate. John retired from the Navy in 1981. His naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Senator McCain has seven children and four grandchildren, and currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Cindy.

Under her leadership, the state invested $5 billion in savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program to provide support for low-income older Alaskans. She created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office to oversee and maintain oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure, and the Climate Change Subcabinet to prepare a climate change strategy for Alaska.
During her first legislative session, Governor Palin’s administration passed major pieces of legislation. She came to office promising landmark ethics reform to end the culture of self-dealing, and today, that ethics reform is the law.
Governor Palin took on the oil companies and began a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline. Because of her leadership, work has begun on a $40 billion natural gas pipeline – the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history – to help lead our country to energy independence.
When oil and gas prices went up dramatically and the state revenues rose, Governor Palin sent a large share of that revenue directly back to the people of Alaska. She also suspended the state's fuel tax.
In office, Governor Palin championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending. She has used her veto pen to eliminate nearly a half a billion dollars in wasteful spending. She told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for the "Bridge to Nowhere." Upon taking office, Governor Palin took common-sense steps to trim the size and cost of her office. She sold the state's luxury jet, eliminated the personal chef and got rid of the personal driver.
As Governor, Palin is chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment. She also serves as chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee, which is charged with pursuing legislation to ensure state needs are considered as federal policy is formulated in the areas of agriculture, energy, environmental protection and natural resource management.
Prior to her election as governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the Mayor of Wasilla. During her tenure, she reduced property tax levels while increasing services and made Wasilla a business friendly environment, drawing in new industry. She stopped wasteful spending and put the people first.

My Top 5 Most Important Issues:

  1. Abortion- Should abortion be a legal option in America? Decades ago, abortion was illegal until the Supreme Court case: Roe vs. Wade. This trial legalized abortion on January 22, 1973. I strongly believe that abortion should be illegal. Killing an infant child before it has taken its first breath is wrong; it's murder. If two individuals are willing to take the chance of having a child, then they should be prepared for the consequences, including taking the responsibility of caring for a new born baby. Thousands of people are waiting to adopt a child, so why not just put it up for adoption?
  2. Religion- Does it matter what religion a canidate is? I believe that religion should be a strong persuading factor in presedential elections. This country was founded on the principles of Christianity; therefore, is it not wise to keep a President who will uphold the values that helped form a new nation. Having a powerful government official that is indifferent to the Christian faith may change the way religion is based upon in this country. Examples are: getting rid of the church and taking God and Jesus out of everyday things like The Pledge of Allegiance.
  3. Marriage- In today's society, it is acceptable for two men or two women to be married or addressed as a couple. I, however, strongly disagree with this issue. The Bible clearly states that marriage is strictly between one man and one woman. God clearly states in the Bible that being homosexual is a sin. It can be hard for a child to grow up with "2 moms" or "2 dads", especially with peers at school who have a mom and a dad and were taught that homosexuality is wrong. There are certain duties in the home for moms and dads, but having parents who are gay or lesbian can hinder these things.
  4. The War in Iraq- Many people believe that the war in Irag is unecessary, but I believe that the war has an important role. Because the U.S. went into Iraq, Saddam Hussein was not only dethroned from power, but also captured. The economy and the country of Iraq as a whole has dramatically prospered. Without our help, Iraq could not stand and would eventually be over powered by terrorist groups once more.
  5. Stem Cell Research- The idea of cloning humans, animals, organs, and other vital organisms have been extremely contreversial. I believe that cloning is wrong. Once a human replica has been made, doctors can take the clone's life to save the original human's life. The clone has no chance to save its own life. Wouldn't killing the clone be murder or cruel and unusual punishment just for someone els's benefit. In 2001, Dolly the sheep was the first cloned organism. However, it suffered from severe arthritis and disease. Dolly only lived half of the expected life period of the other species.