Posted by | August 25, 2010 00:38 | Filed under: Top Stories

Richard Viguerie, who pioneered the use of direct mail to help elect conservatives, says John McCain owes his victory to the tea party movement, because that is what pushed him to become a true conservative once again.

“The John McCain of 2009-10 was a McCain we had not seen since the mid-1990s. The Senator owes his victory to the pressure he received from conservatives and Tea Partiers.

“To receive that support, he had to give up his maverick positions that have sometimes given aid and comfort to the liberals. I’m sure Senator McCain knows very well that he would not have won if he had continued his reputation as the Democrats’ favorite Republican.

“McCain ran an aggressive, hard-hitting campaign against former Congressman J. D. Hayworth. If he had taken this same kind of principled conservative and ‘take no prisoners’ campaign against Barack Obama in 2008, he’d now be in the second year of his presidency.

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