Thursday, February 21, 2008

Former Arkansas Congressman Asa Hutchinson Endorses John McCain for President

Standard Newswire/ -- U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced that former Arkansas Congressman Asa Hutchinson has endorsed John McCain for president.

"John McCain understands that a president's first obligation is the security of the American people," said Congressman Hutchinson. "John McCain has been involved in every national security issue for more than twenty years. He has the judgment and integrity to lead our country in the midst of great challenges at home and abroad. I am confident that John is the candidate best prepared to serve as president from day one, and I am proud to offer him my support."

John McCain thanked Congressman Hutchinson for his endorsement, saying, "Asa spent the first part of his career working on behalf of the people of Arkansas. Before he was elected, and after he left Congress, both President Reagan and President Bush recognized his commitment to our nation with appointments to critical positions in government. He is a true public servant and I am proud to have his support."

Congressman Hutchinson served the people of Arkansas from 1997-2001. While in Congress, he was a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Judiciary Committee. After being re-elected to his third term, he was appointed as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, where he combined tough law enforcement initiatives with advocating increased investment in treatment and education programs. In 2003 he was appointed by President Bush and confirmed by a unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate to serve as Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security. While at the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Hutchinson led an effort to reform border inspections through the use of biometric technology and oversaw the reorganization of border agencies into a unified inspection force. Prior to his election to Congress, Mr. Hutchinson practiced law in rural Arkansas for 21 years. During this time, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.

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