INEZ, Ky.(WYMT) -- Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain brought his message for the future but he started his town hall meeting with a look at the past.. recalling former president Lyndon B Johnson's visit in 1964.
"I have no doubt President Johnson was serious and had the very best of intentions when he declared the war on poverty in America."
Now more than 40 years later, Sen. McCain is looking at some of the same issues, but with his ideas for rural America.
"the modern economy offers new opportunities for communities like Inez."
Sen. McCain listened to the crowd and answered questions on a wide range of topics, from a possible economic recession, to veteran's healthcare, to reducing the cost of a college education.
"i want to make sure every student in america has access if they need it and have earned it."
He promised to create new jobs and job training.
"I promise you I'm not gonna leave Americans behind, because they lost their job, due to the flight of jobs to another country."
He discussed the rising gas prices and told the crowd coal is the answer.
"We have to get coal gasification and improved technology so that we can trap carbon emissions and we can have clean coal."
He also discussed the war in Iraq.
"I believe we're succeeding and that we set a date for withdrawal and a date for surrender."
And he promised better healthcare to veterans.
"May you never have to stand in line again.:
State Senator Brandon Smith asked about Democratic candidate Barack Obama's comment that rural America hides behind guns and religion.
"Do you think those views reflect your constituents? I think it reflects somebody that doesn't understand this neck of the woods."
Sen. McCain said he would not forget this town or this meeting.
"I will not make this my last visit to Inez if I'm elected."
He says he'll hold another town hall meeting for these people to see if he kept his promises.
(Story courtesy: WYMT-TV)