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 McCain at RNC: “Change is coming…”

AP/Susan Walsh

A fired-up crowd gathered at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota for the encore of the Republican National Convention Thursday night. Interrupted by frequent uproars of applause and spirited chants by the thousands in attendance, Arizona senator and Republican presidential nominee John McCain put a cap on the four-day conservative pep rally with his speech that ran the gamut from political revolution to personal anguish and modesty. For the 72-year-old congressman, it was one last chance to endear himself to the nation with only eight weeks left before Election Day. For the rest of us, Thursday night was an impactful ending to a powerful 10 days during which each major party threw itself at the country in preparation for the stretch run leading up to perhaps the most crucial presidential race in American history.

Introduced to the capacity crowd by his wife, Cindy, McCain took the podium for nearly an hour before calling his countless delegates to action in a rousing closing. Promising low, untouched taxes, an improved education system, fiscal responsibility, dramatically reduced foreign spending and immediate efforts at offshore drilling, McCain spent little time mudslinging, as he hardly mentioned the names of President Bush and his opponent, Illinois senator Barack Obama.

McCain spent the latter part of his speech reaffirming his personal character by recalling the terrors of his six-year imprisonment in Vietnam, which he referred to as “something unusual” that provided a valuable life lesson.  “I was blessed by misfortune. I mean that sincerely,” McCain said.  “I was blessed because I served in the company of heroes and I witnessed a thousand acts of courage, and compassion, and love.”

After assuring the American people he would resurrect the ideal of personal responsibility and strive to

AP/Jae C. Hong

AP/Jae C. Hong

minimize governmental involvement, McCain implored the nation to join him in taking action to solve the country’s problems. 

“Fight with me. Fight with me. Fight with me. Fight with me for what’s right for our country,” said McCain, just before making his way off the stage under a shower of balloons and the last of many standing ovations from the adoring throng.  “Nothing is inevitable here. We’re Americans, and we never give up. We never quit.”

The Democratic National Convention was recently held at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver from Aug. 25-28.

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 McCain announces surprise pick for VP

J.D. Pooley–Getty Images

Republican presidential nominee John McCain raised many a bipartisan eyebrow Friday, when he named little-known Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his candidate for vice president. 

Calling Palin “the running mate who can best help me shake up Washington,” McCain made the announcement before a huge throng of conservative supporters in Dayton, Ohio.  “She’s exactly who this country needs to help me fight the same old Washington politics of me first and country second,” McCain told the crowd.  “She’s got the grit, integrity, good sense and fierce devotion to the common good that is exactly what we need in Washington today.” More…

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