McCain’s Big Night at the RNC

In about an hour Senator John McCain will take the stage at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. What will McCain say?  Here are a few excerpts from his speech:

“I’m very proud to have introduced our next Vice President to the country.  But I can’t wait until I introduce her to Washington.  And let me offer an advance warning to the old, big spending, do nothing, me first, country second Washington crowed: change is coming.”

“The constant partisan rancor that stops us from solving these problems isn’t a cause, it’s a symptom.  It’s what happens when people go to Washington to work for themselves and not you.  Again and again, I’ve worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed.  That’s how I will govern as President.  I will reach out my hand to anyone to help me get this country moving again.  I have that record and the scars to prove it.  Senator Obama does not.”

“I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s.  I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here.  I loved it for its decency; for its faith in the wisdom, justice and goodness of its people.  I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for.  I was never the same again.  I wasn’t my own man anymore.  I was my country’s.”

Last night the country was introduced, through a speech that energized the delegates at the Xcel Energy Center and shut many a commentator up, to Gov. Sarah Palin.  Palin’s speech drew more than 37 million viewers last night, roughly a million fewer than Obama drew last week in Denver for his coronation speech.  McCain may be hard pressed to approach those numbers tonight, but a solid speech could help give him the bounce he needs to draw even or past Obama in the national polls.

We’ll know if he does that soon enough.


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