Well, it would be easy to say I would be pidgeon holed as nothing but a Republican goose stepper. However, while I may vote for McCain, I do so with reservations, and am not necessarily a registered GOP member, not for a while.
First off, the GOP has lost any guts in making themselves known for what is right. They'd rather cut what is important and save what is mediocre for compromise and so-called legacies. Reagan made some compromises, but he was more known for his party battling. The current President, came in a lion, but is now leaving a scratched and weary cat. Bush got the job in a crappy time in human history, but some more backbone from him and other GOP leaders could have been better. So, while I am moderate in some issues, it may be a bone of contention on McCain being in on infighting.
Second, McCain, while he's been advocating some fiscal conservatism, is going with those who would not. Let's face it, War on Terror aside, the GOP has spent more than the Democrats have in nearly 40 years (that's including Vietnam, Great Society, the Clinton Healthcare experiment...) A little restraint on the purse strings, boys, so we can keep the dollar from plummeting, please. I'm not saying the sky is falling, but there's no need to fuel the fire ot set the stage. GOP, clean house, now.
Third, McCain himself. I am for the man, since he did fight and endure torture in Vietnam. He's a long serving Senator. However, McCain has some iffy tendencies. First, his age may be a factor. If he got into office, he'd be older than Reagan or Ike when they took office. So, he may have only so much long, which would make his Vice President a key and important figure. Second, he is hesitant on interrogation terrorists by whatever means necessary. I understand his experience in Nam, waterboarding, beatings, etc. However, Mr. McCain, the guys we're holding ARE NOT captured POWs. They would never sign the Hague, Geneva, other accords. They WILL use torture, when we are hesitant. I do not advocate sadism, but to use the ticking bomb scenario, get someone to talk and stop the imminent problem. Better to apologize for acting, than regret not acting. McCain would no doubt delegate others to this task. McCain is HOWEVER a strong supporter of the US military and would not gut it, like others would. He has supported our troops, but has been critical on the handling of Iraq after Mission Accomplished was announced. Maybe not so much accomplished, yet. McCain has my vote on that. McCain being pro-choice, is not something I care for, but that's someone else's right they will use no doubt (not that I am for more of a generation being aborted for the comforts of the already living). There's his fling with a lobbyist. Well, infidelity is not making me love McCain. He gets my vote overall, but only by a whisker.
Now, I'm NOT even considering Hillary. She was in charge for 8 years and that's enough. Seriously, she has flip flopped on positions. And has dodged many a question in debates. Thank you Tim Russert for showing her up. Also, Hillary while she promised much for New York, failed to deliver. Who wants that track record in the White House?
Obama? No. And not because of the militant Muslim rumors. Not just that. Rather, he's not even completed 1 term in the Senate and is running. Most candidates have held their office or position for a good while, at least one term or tenure. Obama, sorry, you may have to wait. Obama is a well spoken man. However, I do take issue with him NOT reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, nor be willing to wear his flag without shame. Too many questions, too few answers from Mr. Obama.
McCain will get my vote, but not with the enthusiasm I had for others. I don't do so as GOP, but rather an independent picking the lesser of 2 not so hot options. One being blah. The other being bad. I choose blah.