22 October 2007 at 1:23 PM EST

McCain Says Supporting Immigration Legislation Hurt Campaign

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By Nicholas Johnston

Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain said his support of legislation to give illegal immigrants a way to gain legal status has hurt his campaign.

McCain, a U.S. senator from Arizona, was a major supporter of immigration legislation that died in the Senate in June because of opposition from other Republicans.

The senator said he is now committed to making sure the borders are secure before implementing broader changes to U.S. immigration law. ``I got the message,'' he said in an interview on ``Fox News Sunday.''

McCain's presidential campaign has suffered from low poll ratings in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and poor fundraising. He trails former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in money and public support.

McCain, 71, said he hasn't decided whether he will accept public financing for his campaign and said borrowing money ``is not something I would prefer to do'' though he is ``not going to rule anything out.''

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Senator McCain has just about worn himself out over his decisions with this past summer's amnesty legislation. It seems to have taken a toll on him and is campaign, and he may not be able to recover enough momentum to continue.

It is hard to believe that he would allow himself to be unsupportive of his own state's fight with illegal immigration, and he lost many supporters for that reason alone. It will be interesting to see if he stays the course of the campaign and lasts through the Primaries.

Senator McCain is sucking oxygen in this campaign. He has some supporters who are loyal because of his POW experience, and he deserves our gratitude for that, but he does not deserve to be President because of it.

He reminded us of that experience last night when he said he was unable to attend Woodstock because he was tied up at the time. He did deserve the Standing Ovation for that reminder.

He has no chance in this campaign because of his position on amnesty for illegals while we have men and women dying on foreign soil. Sit down and shut up, John.

Frankly I felt McCain's solution was a practical workable solution even though it was not perfect. There was not a single other solution to illegal immigration problem that was even discussed in Senate/House. Much to my disappointment, Tancredo did not even bother to submit his OVERDUE bill to House.

Its always easier to talk strong/harsh but much tougher to get practical solution after necessary compromises. It takes an experienced leader to really implement a solution to complex problems and McCain showed such characteristics.

The NumbersUSA page shows Senator McCain as being a "YES" vote on the DREAM ACT. Apparently, he hasn't truly "gotten it" yet. Otherwise, I agree with Brad that there is no perfect solution. I wonder at this point though, if there is any solution at all, other then the coming conflict between Mexico and the U.S. The question for me is if any of our political leaders will ever become the Statesmen they were elected to be and start supporting and enforcing our laws and securing our borders. It appears the answer has been "No", and will remain so in the foreseeable future. In my view, this means we have already lost America to history, and it's only a matter of time before our Nation fails. Additionally, I would also like to know why the OVERDUE bill was not put forward... Thanks to anyone on the Congressman's staff who will post an answer. p.s. I'm still voting Tancredo.

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