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McCain on ISIS, immigration and water

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona Senator John McCain spent the past two days in Southern Arizona, first at town hall at Raytheon in Tucson's Tech Park and then the friendly confines of Green Valley.

In both, he talked about national defense as would be expected to a crowd of 250 employees at Raytheon whose jobs depend on it.

And in Green Valley where former veterans made up a good part of the crowd.

He told the Raytheon workers he helped secure $82 million for the Tomahawk missile, job security for many of them.

In Green Valley, he thanks many of the vets for their service and stressed the importance of strong leadership in dealing with the crisis in Iraq.

He called the beheading of journalist Jim Foley "as grievous as anything I've ever seen."

He called ISIS, the group responsible as "pure evil."

He says for years he was a lonely voice trying to warn that the extremist group is "a cancer that has spread and has the potential to spread to the United States."

He says ISIS has recruited thousands of people throughout the world, many of them from Europe.

He says Europeans don't need a visa to come to the United States.

He also says President Obama has failed to lead on this crisis.

He also says there are "hundreds of boots on the ground in Iraq."

He says the American public is being misled about the solders there who "if you asked the men and women they'd say they're in combat."

He also tackled immigration, which was an important topic for the 100 people who came to hear him talk.

He says the US could secure the border with a nearly billion dollar surveillance system and drones.

He also tackled the water issue at Raytheon, telling those who attended Lake Mead is drying up and conservation could soon become a way of life.

He said "green lawns will become an thing of the past."

But that seemed to be aimed more at the Phoenix Valley because he praised Tucson for its water conservation suggesting it could be a model for the rest of the state.

He added some of the things we face "may make us feel uncomfortable."

He talked about term limits, saying they have not worked in Arizona and cited the state legislature as an example.

When a member of the audience challenged him on being a professional politician he reminded them that term limits means there is little or no institutional knowledge which is important in getting things done.

He said his years in Washington means "I'm in a better position and more impactful."

It's the voters who should decide, he said, not some arbitrary time limit.

With term limits the good leaders get tossed out with the bad.

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