I will be liveblogging the John McCain speech at the Celebration of American Values event at the NRA Annual Meeting.Â Keep checking back.Â This presumes that wireless holds up, and it’s been flakey.
3:00: Mitt Romney is speaking now.Â Still waiting for McCain.
3:15: Now it’s Congressman Dan Boren, D-OK
4:15: Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY
4:20: McCain comes in and starts his speech.Â But we’re lined up for a photo op, up close.
4:30: McCain says he won’t support an assault weapons ban.Â Says banning guns based on cosmetic features makes no sense.
4:35: McCain says he supports the banning private sales, and campaign finance reform
4:37: McCain says he doesn’t support regulating sales between people within the same family.
4:40: McCain says his support of regulating private sales doesn’t detract from his support of the second amendment.Â Can’t say I agree with that one.
4:42: McCain reminds everyone that Obama wouldn’t sign onto the brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn the DC gun ban in Heller.
4:42: The theme seems to be “I suck a little, but my opponents suck more.”
4:43: McCain says that the framers knew exactly what they were doing when they drafted the constitution.
4:43: McCain stresses the importance of judges.Â In my view, this is the main reason for voting for him.Â He promises to nominate judges who will uphold the constitution, and not activist judges.
4:45: McCain is talking about differences between himself and Obama.Â Interesting that he’s pretty much running against Obama.Â At this point I think we just have to admit he’s the nominee.
4:46: McCain takes Obama to task for wanting to talk to our enemies instead of just kicking their asses.
4:48: McCain is going over the consequences of pulling out of Iraq.Â Says “It would be a terrible defeat for our security interests and our values.”
4:49: McCain says Petraeus has a plan, and it’s working, and things in Iraq are getting better.
4:51: McCain says he wants to bring our soldiers home too, but that he won’t ruin the sacrifice they have already made for this cause.
4:52: “I will defend her, and all her freedoms, so help me God”
That’s all folks.Â I suck at liveblogging.Â Off to drink like a fish with Michael Bane.