- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 21, 2008

I disagree that Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, would help Sen. John McCain’s race for the presidency. Mr. Cantor represented me when I lived in Richmond. I attended several of his outreach efforts. After speaking with him personally, I had an unfavorable impression of his support for our troops and his willingness to listen to ordinary citizens.

On two occasions, I spoke to him directly, urging him to improve training for and enlarge the Army. On both occasions, he abruptly shunted me aside to talk to a staffer so that he could talk to other important political figures attending the event.

When I wrote to Mr. Cantor urging him to enlarge the Army and provide better training of our soldiers, the only responses I ever received were requests for money. My impression is that Mr. Cantor is cold and uncaring about our troops and unwilling to think deeply about our defense needs.

Subsequently, we have seen that we do need to expand the Army and the Marine Corps to deal with future conflicts.

RICHARD R. ALLEN



Springfield

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