GOP presidential candidate Senator John McCain gave a powerful and patriotic acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Unlike his V.P. choice Sarah Palin, McCain’s speech was not riddled with sarcasm and mean-spirited attacks on the Democrats.
In fact, Senator McCain gave a nod of respect to the Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama for his achievements and then stated”… We’re going to win this election.”
McCain went on to present his policies and ideas to create real change in America. As he has in the past, McCain did not waver from his support of the war in Iraq. Also, after more than 25 years in Washington, McCain still considers himself a maverick, an outsider “… someone who marches to the beat of his own drum… I don’t work for a party. I don’t work for special interest. I don’t work for myself. I work for you.”
McCain slammed “the constant partisan rancor” that he says is stalling progress in Washington. I wonder how he would really be able to change that with his V.P. ripping into the opposition like, dare I say, an attack dog. It is hard to forget Palin’s own comparison of a hockey mom, which she is, and a pit bull in her acceptance speech Wednesday night.
McCain took the high road. Sure he criticized the agenda of his Democratic opponent and borrowed liberally from Obama’s message of change. Yet, most of his time in the spotlight was spent making his own case to the American people. Make no mistake about it, McCain’s speech was designed to appeal to the masses not just the delegates at the RNC.
He was emotional when describing his captivity as a prisoner during the Vietnam War and how it sparked a real love for his country. At the end of his speech, McCain roused the crowd to its feet with his challenge to ” stand up” and “fight for what’s right for our country.” McCain was rewarded with a lengthy standing ovation from the 20,000 strong inside Xcel Energy Center.
Today, the candidates from both parties begin the last and most important leg of the campaign with less than two months to the November 4th election.