Ken Blackwell

The third is health care. Mr. McCain must make the case for tort reform, empowering doctors and overhauling the health care industry to focus on families and individuals, and how this will provide better and less expensive medical care than government run health care.

Fourth is retirement security. Mr. McCain should make the case that expanding health care savings accounts and reforming Social Security will enable every African-American to own their own retirement as private property. By adding stocks, bonds, and other investments a comfortable retirement plan can be established, and the remaining assets can be passed to their children to build family wealth across generations.

And finally is national security. Mr. McCain must make the case that the chief task of the president is to protect this nation, and all Americans must vote for the person most capable of protecting their children and giving them a safer world to inherit.

These all work to empower African-American families. By strengthening families to responsibly raise their children and look to their own future, Mr. McCain can make the case that he should be the next president.

Although Mr. McCain cannot win the African-American vote in this election, he can get a respectable percentage. He first will receive points for showing up in Cincinnati, and if he makes the case that his agenda is what will best address African-Americans concerns and safeguard the nation he can close the deal with some.

The presidency is far too important to allow insufficient considerations to determine our vote. We must vote for the person who is best qualified to lead our country. We must vote for the leader who has the strength and the wisdom to keep our nation safe and the vision to successfully deal with the challenges we face.

The NAACP convention provides Mr. McCain the opportunity to demonstrate he is the candidate of post-racial politics in America.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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