McCain Continues Tradition of Ending Campaign on Steps of Yavapai Courthouse

08 November 2016   Lynne LaMaster
Despite election exhaustion, several hundred people came to the Yavapai Courthouse for the ‘McCain Rally to Victory’ on the eve of the 2016 general election. 

Senator John McCain, running for his sixth term as Senator to represent the State of Arizona, was joined at the rally by former Senator Jon Kyl, Senator Jeff Flake, Senator Lindsey Graham, Congressman Paul Gosar (CD4), Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin and his wife, Cindy McCain.

For a political rally, it was a pretty short event, about 40 minutes from start to finish, and that even included an intermission while waiting for Senator McCain to arrive. Watch here (minus the intermission): 

Video by Torrence Dunham

Prescott Mayor Harry Oberg began the event by saying, “Tonight is a special night. We stand on the threshold of an opportunity to take back the America we love and remember. We remember when we were a society not paralyzed by political correctness. We remember when Executive Orders didn’t circumvent the rule of law with special authority. We remember when we walked through the public restroom, we knew who was on the other side of the door. We remember when the conservative principles of limited government and a strict interpretation of the Constitution were not words to be whispered behind closed doors. Well, we can change America back again, starting with this event. We can do this when we elect Republicans on our ticket. Starting with President Trump at the top of the ticket, and continuing with Senator John McCain, Congressman Paul Gosar, Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin, State Senator Karen Fann and Representatives Noel Campbell and David Stringer. These are the people that will carry our conservative principles with them.”

A prayer and the pledge, hallmarks of local Republican events, led by Councilwoman Billie Orr and Senator Steve Pierce and Representative Karen Fann.

After naming several locally elected officials, Andy Tobin reminded the crowd, “We all know why we’re here tonight. Freedom isn’t free, and on this special night, we honor America’s liberty. Because tomorrow, we get to celebrate that liberty. We get to celebrate that liberty with our vote.”

“Thank you for being here with this great group. Thank you for standing there with us. These folks fight for your Constitutional rights every day. And we’re so grateful that you came out to be here with us here tonight. A lot of people would agree tonight that it’s been a long campaign. And we fought hard. And we’ve got a president that we’re all glad is leaving. So, we’ve got that going for us right now.” 

Tobin went on to tell the crowd that in Yavapai County the Republicans have already voted 2:1 over the Democrats. 

Representative Paul Gosar spoke and explained why he wears a flag lapel pin upside down. “I’ve been doing it for almost a month now,” Gosar explained. “The flag is in trouble… That’s why tomorrow we’ve got to vote from one end of the ticket to the bottom of the ticket ‘Republican’… If you care about the Constitution, you’re going to vote for Trump and Pence.” 

“There’s no place like Prescott, Arizona on election eve,” Governor Doug Ducey said. He encouraged people to Republican across the board, and also to vote against Prop 205. “I’m honored to be campaigning with these folks today, especially in a time of such uncertainty in our nation, of such unpredictability around the world. It’s at a time like this that we need the experience and the leadership and the wisdom that someone like John McCain brings to the Senate. So, I feel fortunate that we have this opportunity in Arizona to do what we’re going to do tomorrow on election day. To reelect a giant to the United States Senate.”

Cindy McCain thanked the crowd for their support over the years, “I just want all of you to know that I appreciate what you have done, what you do for our Party, for our state, for our country by supporting my husband. It was never more personal to me that John McCain was in the Senate than when I watched my son get on a bus for Iraq,” she shared. “I realized firsthand that we needed strong leadership, most of all, strong experience, and someone that understood what was at stake… Please let me give you my love of my life, my husband, John McCain.”

McCain spoke of the tradition of starting and ending campaigns on the steps of the Yavapai Courthouse. “Tonight is very, very meaningful to me. Prescott occupies a special place in the history of Arizona,” he said and pointed to the Roughrider sculpture as he recounted some key historical moments in the community. 

“I never had a hometown growing up,” McCain said. “As you know, the Navy was my hometown, and I didn’t know what was missing until I came here."

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