ICHEOKU says he is coming with a clear-eyed view of what the United States of America constitution provides and will not legislate from the bench. ICHEOKU says definitely the right pick, so CONFIRM him now and right away and without any delay or much ado. Congratulation.


ICHEOKU says may the best side win, provided they give the world of football and soccer fans the artistry and dexterity for which the round leather object is known. Good enough the three world's most famous players, Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar are all participating in the game with their countries squad respectively. Germany is there too; so a World Cup with Brazil, Germany, Argentina and of course Ronaldo's led Portugal as well as Spain will surely produce something to wow. ICHEOKU looks forward to being mesmerized by pure football and soccer wizardly throughout the duration of the game from June 14th to July 15th, 2018. Viva the organizer, International Football Federation Associations and Viva the host country, Russia.


Lisa Page: “Trump is not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

ICHEOKU says if this is not corruption of the worst type, what else so qualifies? So sad the length these guys went to truncate the will of the American people; yet they will turn around and accuse other countries of corruption and you wonder is it only when money exchanges hands that there is corruption. Pitifully SAD.


“The only obstruction President Trump committed was in obstructing Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton from the White House.” - Jesse Watters, Watters World.


“The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.” - President Donald John Trump.

ICHEOKU says exactly why he is now fondly nicknamed the Promise Keeper and he keeps his promises, one promise at a time.


America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. And we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says what does the Deep State have on AG Jeff Sessions that has purchased his quiet and inaction over the excesses of the Russian Collusion witch hunt? Something definitely does not look right and apparently seems awry that the Attorney General appears so constricted to do anything to bring the never ending "investigation" to a conclusion. How much longer will the American people wait to have the matter concluded and what will it take. As a member of Team MAGA, from the basket of deplorables, who defended him when the president was threatening to fire him, ICHEOKU is not particularly satisfied with the "playing it safe" attitude which Jeff has adopted thus far and urge him to find any possible way to make the investigators finish their job immediately and without any further delay.


ICHEOKU says he has all it takes to turn Nigeria around and Make Nigeria Great Again. He is highly cerebral; he is well traveled and is highly exposed internationally; he is a doer with a can-do spirit and attitude which translates to impossible is nothing as it does not exists in his dictionary; he is fully accomplished person who turned around the nearly moribund behemoth UBA and created thousands of jobs both in Nigeria and overseas; and above all, he is youthful and has age on his side and you ask yourself, what else is anyone looking for in a leader for Nigeria that is on bended knees and begging for leadership other than a man with his proven record. If he can do this in the private sector, he can also mission accomplish such in the public sector and resuscitate a Nigeria that is in distress. CHEOKU is emphatic that Tony Elumelu is a highly qualified, fit and proper person to lead Nigeria out of its present woods of near comatose and under performing achievements. Lets go to work Nigerians and make his candidature both viable and achievable. We can do this fellas; so lets urge Tony to run, run Tony run and together lets Make Nigeria Great Again. If Trump can do it, so can Tony.


"If the Syria regime uses this poisonous gas again on its people, it will be bombed again. The United States of America is locked and loaded. When our president draws a redline, our president enforces the redline." - Nikki Haley, United States of America Ambassador to the United Nations.



ICHEOKU says Russia's Vladimir Putin has one good opportunity to finally move back into the comity of civilized nations and stop his despotic mentality which always sees him flocking amidst his fellow dictators. But if he choses to remain in the cold and remain in Kremlin where he has been holed in since 1999, too bad. His too long stay in power is only damaging Russia but not helping it; and gradually turning Russia into a third world country where only one man dictates what goes on in the country. Putin, change your ways; let true democracy reign in Russia. Salute



ICHEOKU says you cannot get a more American American and he is a hardcore America First nationalist as they come. President Donald John Trump's pick to succeeded fired National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the real deal. He is a hard-nosed American First protagonist, who does not shy away from projecting America's power through strength and who is not afraid to have America go it alone if need be. ICHEOKU says hopefully the president has found the very person who will help him achieve and implement his policy objectives in John Bolton. But as far as MAGA and AF agendas are concerned, Ambassador John Bolton is one heck of a good pick and a right fit for the job. He will help President Donald John Trump with doing his job for the American people. ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Mustachioed One. Let the governance of MAGA now really begin.



ICHEOKU says they pretend to be guardians of free speech but wants to tele-guide other peoples thinking by limiting what they can freely say; especially if you are a conservative and holds opinions which are favorable of President Donald John Trump and critical of Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, they will not succeed but can only force people to opt out of the live wasting exercise of gluing one's eyeballs to the platform. An exercise which does not add anything of value to users, nor pays them anything for helping them bring more eyeballs to the portal. Instead of being grateful that people are helping them bilk advertisers of billions of dollars with their riveted eyeballs, they now want to micromanage everyone's thought as if they are doing one a favor by letting them waste their time using Facebook. ICHEOKU says will not be cowered nor intimidated; they can block ICHEOKU all the heck they want but ICHEOKU will not bow to Facebook's attempt to control ICHEOKU's thoughts and would rather permanently part ways with the Mark Zuckerberg globalist weapon of mass control than kowtow to a group thinking. To hell with this attempt to exact undue control and turn everyone into a herd mind.


"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is also no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election." - Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America.

ICHEOKU says this determination, for every intent and purpose, now lays to rest the "Collusion with the Russians" hogwash; as nobody can be guilty of an offense which requires awareness to ground when he or she is not aware of it. Collusion is a conspiracy and requires a proactive participation coupled with a guilty knowledge to bring about the purpose of the conspiracy. Therefore, when will the Special Counsel address the nation and tell Americans that there is no there, there, in the Russian Collusion investigation and save America further bleeding both in resources, time and unity. Enough of the sore loser antics of the Democratic Party which does not know how to take a loss and learn to work to fix what went wrong, instead of continuously pointing a finger at a mirage that is the Russian Collusion, in its bid to find something to blame for its ineptitude that led to the epochal loss of November 8th, 2016.


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.

ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?



"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.


ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.


"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."



ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman she is, who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.



ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.

ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.



ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.



"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.


"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.



ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.


ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.

"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ


"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


How would you feel waking up one morning to learn that "President" Grandpa Senator John McCain has slept on due to rigors of the office? Would you not have a perpetual tinge of guilty feelings for being partly responsible for his demise because you voted for him to be president? Is the uncertainty and infirmities of old age not enough to dissuade your vote for Senator John McCain? If not, why not? Do you really love this country or are you just in it for the prank of forcing an old man, who has been drawing on social security these past seven years, on the country as their president? Do you really believe he can deliver knowing the rigors of the office and how the office is an aging-machine which shows no mercy to its occupants? At 72 years plus old, Senator John McCain will simply be made a mince meat/hamburger by the office; so WHY?
Even Grandpa Senator John McCain himself, admitted that he is too old for the office. In his own very words, while responding to a Jim Lehrer's question, ssometime after 2000 election (attached as comment here) John McCain said "Well, in 2004, I expect to be campaigning for the reelection of President George W. Bush, and by 2008, I think I might be ready to go down to the old soldiers home and await the cavalry charge there"
Why then one may ask, is this very ancient man being forced on America as her president when more energetic and well qualified youth is offering himself for the service for fatherland? Is Grandpa Senator John McCain being drafted just to possibly give up the ghost in the White-House for us to bear a national burial of a seating president?
Recently in New Hampshire, while visiting Concord High School a student asked McCain if he was worried that being so old might cause him to die in office or get Alzheimer’s disease? To which Grandpa Senator John McCain responded “I work 24/7, I’m very active, and people will judge by the rigor and enthusiasm of our campaign”
It will be noted that Senator John McCain as usual just parried this question and failed to provide the answer being elicited by the question - being so old and possibly dying in office or afflicted with memory loss; and the matter of picking the Alaskan beauty queen as his running mate does not array this palpable fear in the minds of many Americans! Can you imagine dementia and the nuclear ball possible co-existence within the same person? Grandpa Senator John McCain, when will you come clean before American people and tell them in a simple narrative why a man whose prime has past, now thinks that he can provide America a leadership of the future? It is perplexing as it is astonishing! Can anyone teach a rigidly set in his ways, Grandpa John McCain any new thing? This is a man who was born before microwave oven was invented; a man who was born before the Internet and who admitted he does not know how to click a mouse; a man who shares almost the same birthday with the Golden gate bridge; a man who still lives and dwells in memory of 40 year old prison experience as a prisoner of war and you wonder, does it mean since forty years ago, Senator John McCain has not done any other thing worthy of any mention? Why dwell in a past which everyone has since acknowledged or is he on a sympathy mission? Senator John McCain is a man whose time has since past indeed! Why would America now entrust her future in this ancient man whose days are numbered and who does not have any meaningful future to work for?
So many jokes has been made about John McCain's' very advanced age and this fact is being glossed over by the media because he fits the designated pedigree! This taciturn by the media about Senator John McCain's old age and possible infirmities Icheoku thinks, is not a healthy development; and his being goaded to the White-House is putting him on a fast lane to the beyond. Please help save Senator John McCain from an early home-call, do not vote for him for president. It is a honor and mercy call America which Icheoku hopes America will heed and spare our one time war hero, the denial of his golden years. Think Alzheimer's, don't vote for Senator John McCain! Think dementia, don't vote for Senator John McCain! Think diaper-wearing in the Oval office, don't vote for Senator John McCain! Think of sleeping through an international meetings, don't vote for Senator John McCain! Think about the rigors of the office, don't vote for Senator John McCain! Think about your aged loved ones and the difficulties of their advanced age, don't vote for Senator John McCain! Think of possible drooling in office, don;t vote for Senator John McCain!
If you are such a partisan hack and cannot come around to voting for the other guy, then be merciful and show mercy to old Grandpa Senator John McCain; please save him from himself and stop him from going into the White-House! His very advanced age will simply not allow him to perform to the best of his abilities therein - it is a very demanding job only suitable for the vibrant and the youthful! It is not a job for old men and Senator John McCain is an old man! Grandpa Senator John McCain should instead be scouting for a comfortable senior home to spend his fast approaching golden age where he can live out his life in peace and harmony! At this point in his time, Senator John McCain should be planning on how to live a life in retirement instead of asking to be hired by the American people for the top job in the land!
Please America, join the senator from New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton in chorusing No how! No way! No McCain! No Palin!

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JIM LEHRER: Senator, welcome.
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Thank you, Jim.
JIM LEHRER: What did you think of Colin Powell's words last night about affirmative action for lobbyists?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: I think he was right on the mark, and I'm very pleased that he made the statement, and I'm glad it was applauded event by lobbyists. Look, there's no doubt that special interests and their representatives have taken over the legislative process and more and more money is pouring into the political campaigns from these interests and we have got to reform the system.
JIM LEHRER: What about -- what does this convention say about the system?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: The convention and tens of millions or however much it is that's being spent by special interests in order to achieve access which then gains influence is a testimony to how the system is out of control. There's more of the special interest or lobbyist money this convention than there was last, and last there was more then the one before.
JIM LEHRER: So what does that applause that Colin Powell got last night mean?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: I think that on the part of some it was simply because they are applauding Colin Powell because he's clearly, head and shoulders, the most respected man in America today. But I think there are many rank and file Republicans who were there who were also applauding because they agree with him -- that they believe that they have been deprived of their representation in Washington. Remember many of these delegates are not high income Americans; they are party workers. And they see the manifestations of the influence of special interests in Washington as well.

Campaign finance reform
JIM LEHRER: But is the current leadership of your party going to do anything about this?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: The current leadership of my party doesn't want to do a lot. The current leadership of my party and the Democrat Party is going to have to do something because I and the other advocates of campaign finance reform will tie up the United States Senate next year. We will have blood all over the floor of the Senate until we exceed to the demands now, not the wishes, the demands of the American people to be represented in Washington again. There's a majority in both Houses. The Congress will pass it easily, the House will pass it easily. In the Senate we have clearly well over 50 votes; we need 60. So they're going to get reform.
JIM LEHRER: Those are strong words, blood on the floor, tie up the Senate?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Yep, absolutely, absolutely.
JIM LEHRER: Have you told George W. Bush this?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: No, I have not, but I will repeat my advocacy for campaign finance reform whenever and however I can.
JIM LEHRER: So if somebody thinks you are going to go quietly away on this issue, forget it?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Forget it. The one thing I learned in my albeit failed campaign is the American people feel that, especially young ones, that they are no longer represented in Washington; they deserve a lot better than what they are getting.
JIM LEHRER: Are you going to have to reform the party first though, before you can reform the campaign finance system?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: No, I don't think so because, again, the majority of my colleagues in the Senate and clearly the majority of Republicans want campaign finance reform. It's those who are the beneficiaries of this system, the incumbents that keep this system, the incumbents, that keep -- this system keeps incumbents in office - that are resistant to change.
JIM LEHRER: And you say you have not said this forthrightly, directly to George W. Bush, right?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: I said it all through the campaign.
JIM LEHRER: But in conversation since, when you talked about the campaigning together and the 2000 election?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: No, I didn't. I took it for granted that he knows of my advocacy. And in his behalf, he wants to rid us of corporate union contributions. He also wants full disclosure; he is about three quarters of the way there.
JIM LEHRER: But if he doesn't go the whole way - you're going to fight him, right? You would fight him, along with everybody else, if they don't go along?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: First of all, I think that he will seek a solution, one that we may not agree with, but I think he realizes the system is out of control. Second of all, I will do whatever is necessary, I hope with the leaders of both parties, but, if not, then we have to move forward.
JIM LEHRER: So you believe, if I understand what you are saying Senator, you believe that you have a McCain mandate that goes beyond party, goes beyond leadership, goes beyond the 2000 election, et cetera, to do something about this issue?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: I believe it not only because I think I have a mandate but I also have an obligation to serve the people of this country -- something I've been doing for more then 40 years. And obviously they no longer are represented in what is supposed to be, once was, and will be a democratic form of government. And so there's just no doubt about it in my mind where my duty lies. If that sounds a little demagogic, I think I can back it up with polling data after polling data, including the reality that young voters are no longer participating in the political process. In the 1998 election, the 18 to 26-year-old vote was the lowest in history, and when these young people are asked why, it's because they believe they are no longer represented.
JIM LEHRER: Back to the Republican Party specifically. It's been suggested today that the diversity that was shown on the podium last night is not reflected in the reality of the Republican Party? Is that right?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Yes, but let me add a very important caveat. The Republican Party presented last night what it wants its image to be. I believe that that's the vision of Gov. Bush for the Republican Party in America; it's certainly mine. I believe it is certainly General Colin Powell's. So I think -- I don't think it was disingenuous what the Republican Party did. I think it's the image that we want our party to be, and our message of inclusion is one that I think is best articulated by those individuals who have been attracted to our party.
JIM LEHRER: So it's more of a come join us, rather then a reflection of what the party is today?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: I think so, particularly when you look at the delegates. But let's also look at the fact that Governor Bush got a very significant percentage of the Hispanic vote. I in my last election got over half of the Hispanic vote in my state. There are many Republican office holders who are attracting people from all walks of life to our banner; we just have to do a lot more of it. And those we have attracted -- as we all know -- are our best messengers.
Powell as Secretary of State
JIM LEHRER: Colin Powell -- also, the conventional wisdom is that Colin Powell will be the Secretary of State if there is a Bush/Cheney administration.
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: I devoutly hope.
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Because I think he has all of the good principles and grounding and experience on national security issues. I think he is respected not only in America but throughout the world. And I think he will restore some coherency and consistency to the conduct of American foreign policy. And I have as much confidence in that as I have in anything in America today.
JIM LEHRER: What about the specific issue - you've talked about it and others have too - but not in much detail - is to -- when should the United States deploy its armed forces abroad, and what criteria should be used? Are you comfortable with the decision-making that would - that a Bush-Cheney- Powell triumvirate would make?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Yes. I'm extremely comfortable and basically it's when American interests and values are threatened. And sometimes when our values are threatened, over time our interests can be threatened. I can't make an argument to you that Kosovo posed an immediate threat to our national interest. But I can argue that it offended our values to a degree that if allowed to go unchecked, then unrestrained, once Milosevic started to do his ethnic cleansing, then sooner or later our interest would be threaten because that same kind of scenario would transpire in other places in Europe
JIM LEHRER: You mentioned campaign finance reform. I assume that in this area too foreign policy, defense policy, that you would remain active with a Republican administration as well?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Yes I would. I believe that we have to reform the military to meet the challenges of the post Cold War era. We are still pork barreling in the most obscene fashion, in fact the worst that I've ever seen on defense appropriations bills, and we -
JIM LEHRER: Just wasting money on things that are not needed?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Not only not needed but have nothing to do with defense. The last defense appropriations bill had $4 million in it for the protection of the desert tortoise. I'm all for protecting the desert tortoise. Tell me - what relation does it have to defense? I mean, we're going to pave Hawaii and Alaska before this is over, the senior members form the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hail from those states. It's really disgraceful and unconscionable, and I said so on the floor of the Senate. But we also have to reform the military to meet the post Cold War era, and again, campaign finance reform -- influence to the defense contractors has to be diminished. President Eisenhower's warnings about the defense industrial complex are still valid, so we have to reform the military to achieve a military establishment that can be rapidly deployed anywhere on the globe at short notice and once they are effective, beneficially affect the battlefield equation and we haven't done that yet.
JIM LEHRER: Bush-Cheney-Powell will do that?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Oh, I'm convinced of it, and, frankly, I know of no one better who knows of the need for reform in the military than Cheney and Powell, who both have had intimate knowledge of our defense establishment.
McCain's role
JIM LEHRER: On a personal level, Senator, finally, are you having any problems being at this convention not being the party's nominee?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: I am not, Jim, and here's why: because once the campaign was over, I think that I had to move forward, and I have moved forward. I've been grateful for the experience. I don't think Americans like a sore loser. In fact, I know they don't. And I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to run; I'm grateful for the incredible experience, which is so unique that I was able to able to have, and I'll always be grateful.
JIM LEHRER: But you don't see yourself as a loser, do you?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Well, let me say runner-up...(laughter)…. You remember Vince Lombardi once said, show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. But no, certainly we didn't win, I'm a distant runner-up, and there's no doubt who did win. So the answer is obvious.
JIM LEHRER: Sure, but in a more general way, a broader way - you were - yes, you were well known, but you were basically well known as a Senator from Arizona before all this happened. Now, all the polls show you are one of the most respected public figures in America, and now the question is: what do you do with this?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Exactly right. That's exactly right. That's the heart of all this. I was able to get a small but significant -- I with the help of many others - able to get a modest reform of disclosure of some rather egregious organizations that were involved in political campaigns. I wouldn't have been able to do that before this campaign. What I need to do and what my job is, is to reform the institutions of government and using campaign finance form as that gateway, but campaign finance reform is not an end to itself -- unto itself. It's a means to an end, which is to reform the institutions of government, which would then be more responsive and attuned to the hopes and dreams and aspirations of the American people. I think that my last campaign allowed me more influence in that process.
JIM LEHRER: Finally, for the record, you have not lost your desire to be President of the United States, have you?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Certainly it's been put in deep cold storage.
JIM LEHRER: But you haven't lost it?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Well, in 2004, I expect to be campaigning for the reelection of President George W. Bush, and by 2008, I think I might be ready to go down to the old soldiers home and await the cavalry charge there.
JIM LEHRER: But between now and then you are, in fact, as we're sitting here now in Philadelphia, you are a national figure. Do you intend to remain one over these next few years?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: I intend - I have four more years in my term, in this term as a United States Senator -I intend to remain active, committed, dedicated to the principles that I hold dear and the policies which I think should be pursued for the benefit of the American people. But I think I can do that as a member of the United States Senate very effectively.
JIM LEHRER: Senator thank you very much
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Thank you, Jim.