|March 14, 2007--Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) addressed the IAFF 2008 Presidential Forum.|
|Speech notes. Sen. McCain opened strongly, telling several
jokes. He also recounted the Forrestal incident.
In 1967, on board the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Forrestal, a rocket
was accidentally fired and hit the plane McCain was in, starting a fire
which cost 134 lives.
After this opening, however, McCain went into a fairly flat speech on Iraq, reading in an almost prefunctory matter from a prepared text. [prepared remarks]
Towards the close, McCain did speak very forcefully on the communications failings during 9/11 and Katrina.
"The cause of this failure was not the first responders' fault. It was the fault of the federal government for not providing fire fighters, police and other first responders with the necessary radio spectrum to enable them to communicate effectively with one another.Photos
Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC)
Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-VA)
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM)
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE)
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