McCain stresses conservative credentials in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Arizona Sen. John McCain, making a presidential campaign swing through Tennessee and Alabama, addressed concerns raised by talk show host Rush Limbaugh, author Ann Coulter and some other conservatives about whether he can unite
Republicans if he's the nominee.

McCain says he believes that the majority of the Republican Party conservatives are convinced that he's the best equipped to lead this country, unify the party and take on the challenge of radical Islamic extremism.

McCain says he had a 24-year record in the Senate of "fighting for the rights of the unborn" and boasted that he never asked for a single earmark or pork barrel project for his home state of Arizona.

In Birmingham, he told a crowd of more than 800 people that the Senate must pass the president's economic stimulus package, make President Bush's tax cuts permanent and cut the corporate tax rate.

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