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McCain: "I Will Go to the Gates of Hell to Get Bin Laden"

Published: Jan. 18, 2008 at 11:21 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2008 at 12:10 AM EST
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John McCain stumped for votes on eve of the South Carolina primary.
John McCain stumped for votes on eve of the South Carolina primary.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC--The exit polls say John McCain is the front runner to win Saturday's South Carolina Republican primary, but he wasn't taking any chances, that's why he hit the road in search of last minute votes.

The Arizona senator got a rousing ovation from a packed house at the Hilton Head island Beach and Tennis Resort Friday.

McCain brought a host of political muscle with him, senator Lindsay Graham, former Texas senator Phil Gramm and current South Carolina Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell.

But it was McCain himself who took center stage, focusing on topics like Veterans' health care and his support of the war on terror.

"I want to look you in the eye today my friends and say that if I have to follow him to the gates of hell I will get Osama Bin laden, I will bring him to justice," said a forceful McCain. "I promise you that."

His main talking point, the economy, and how he and his fellow senators have damaged the United States role as an economic superpower.

"We let spending get completely out of control," explains McCain. "These problems with sub-prime mortgages and things proves the fiscal instability and insanity. Name me one family, one business, one corporation, any enterprise in the world that can spend more money than it takes in and expect to survive. We've been on a spending spree of mammoth proportions."

After the rally was over, McCain took time to meet his supporters, shake hands and hopefully pick up those last few key votes.

The people who came to the rally said they liked what they heard, and like what John McCain the person could bring to the White House.

"Anybody who served our country like Senator McCain, as a veteran you go out and believe that you owe him at least to come and listen," explained Jeff Gerber.

"He's obviously willing to step out in traffic when a lot of folks aren't," said Glen Schrader. "Take a stand, and we obviously need to make a lot of changes. Hes got the courage and the track record to do it."

How pivotal is this primary for the Republicans? Since 1980, every winner in South Carolina has gone on to take his party's nomination.

Reported by: Andrew Davis, andrewdavis@wtoc.com