Scarcely half of American children in our 50 largest cities will leave their public schools with a high-school diploma in hand... These children are disproportionately African-American... And the failure is a scar on this great land of opportunity.
There's a good opening here for John McCain. As a senator, he has been a forceful voice for giving lower-income moms and dads the same options for their children that wealthier parents already enjoy. What if he took this campaign into the heart of our cities – and gave a little straight talk about the scandal that their public-school systems represent in this great land of opportunity?
The Arizona senator can't run on biography. Neither should he ignore it.
...it is clear that Mr. McCain is one of the most private individuals to run for president in history.
When it comes to choosing a president, the American people want to know more about a candidate than policy positions. They want to know about character, the values ingrained in his heart. For Mr. McCain, that means they will want to know more about him personally than he has been willing to reveal.