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I’ve no doubt John McCain acted courageously while a prisoner in North Vietnam, but when you add up his other pluses and minuses, the minuses win.

Immediately after 9/11, McCain became a leading supporter of an invasion and occupation of Iraq, a country that had absolutely nothing to do with the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

In 1987, McCain asked bank regulators to back off of an investigation of a savings and loan belonging to Charles Keating, who had treated the McCain family to private vacations at his “Shangri-La” in the Bahamas. Keating’s S&L soon collapsed, costing taxpayers billions.

McCain opposed the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

By picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate in his 2008 presidential campaign, McCain opened a Pandora’s box of right-wing extremism that energized the Tea Party and paved the way for the election of Donald Trump.

McCain at one time stood up for the environment, calling global warming a serious and urgent challenge. In 2008 he campaigned for president on a platform of “Drill, baby, drill!”

McCain spent eight years complaining about the deficit during the Obama presidency, but voted for the 2017 Trump-backed tax bill that adds an estimated $1.5 trillion to the deficit in order to cut taxes for the rich.

As someone who in Sept. 2002 placed ads in the Herald & Review warning that we were being misled about the need to go to war in Iraq, then spent the next several years substantiating my claim with letters to the editor and comments on the letters to the editor blog, I consider his support for the war as his biggest mistake. 

Ron Adams, Decatur

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