McCain stumps in East Tennessee seeking Virginia votes

By: Stephen McLamb Email
By: Stephen McLamb Email

On the day before the election, senator John McCain makes East Tennessee his list of last minute stops speaking to a welcome crowd in the Tri-Cities.

There are six battleground states. Tennessee is not one of those but his stop was just about five miles from southwestern Virginia, a state which is.

It's also an area of coal mining and the McCain supporters hoped to point out a recent controversy that Barack Obama's policies would bankrupt the coal industry.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd in east Tennessee.

But Tennessee wasn't really his main concern in making the trip.

"And we're going to keep Virginia red!," says McCain.

An all star political cast was with McCain including former Virginia governor George Allen who spoke about the recent controversy over Barack Obama's policies that would bankrupt the coal industry, meaning a loss of jobs in Virginia.

"We're the Saudi Arabia of the world when it comes to coal and southwest Virginia powers Virginia and powers America," says Allen.

And former presidential challenger Fred Thompson said there's a big difference between McCain and Obama.

"Serving his country, putting his country first with courage, honor, duty, devotion. On the other hand you've got a guy whose written a couple of books about himself," says Thompson.

But what did McCain say that resonated with these voters?

"Everything he said was about exactly the way I feel. I agreed with everything he said," says McCain supporter Sherry Cressell.

Zach Parker is going into the military and says,

"He's pro military and I'm going into the military after I graduate so there's really no other choice."

The rally also brought a lot of young people. Some who are just months away from turning 18 but can't vote.

"I know, but it's going to affect me in the long run. I mean, if someone gets in and hurts our country then it's going to hurt me," says 17 year old Lindsay Utsman.

With the election just a day away, can McCain win his battleground states to take the election? Some say yes.

"I think he's the kind of man Virginia wants to vote for as well and that's why we're all here," says Tennessee U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

But McCain pointed out it's going to take more than moral support.

"Volunteer. Knock on doors. Get your neighbors to the polls. I need your vote!," says McCain.

After going to Pennsylvania and some other key states, mccain plans to be in his home state of Arizona by late tonight.

But he's not giving up his fight then, he's got plans of going to two other states in the west on election day.


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