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John McCain Vows to Bring Change to Washington

September 5, 2008

John McCain is preparing to give the biggest speech of his political career. With polls indicating a close race between McCain and Obama, the outcome will likely be decided in scattered swing states in the Midwest and the Southwest. McCain hopes to reach out to many of these voters tonight at the Republican National Convention with a speech which will discuss changes in Washington.


Credit: Reuters

From the Associated Press:

John McCain, a POW turned political rebel, vowed Thursday night to vanquish the “constant partisan rancor” plaguing the nation as he launched his fall campaign for the White House. “Change is coming” to Washington, he promised the Republican National Convention.

“I will reach out my hand to anyone to help me get this country moving again,” McCain said in remarks prepared for the a prime time address. “I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not,” he said of his rival for the White House, Sen. Barack Obama.

McCain also invoked the five years he spent in a North Vietnamese prison. “I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s,” he said. “I was never the same again. I wasn’t my own man anymore. I was my country’s.”

McCain’s speech was the highlight of the final night of the party convention, but before he took the podium, delegates unanimously awarded the vice presidential nomination to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. She is the first female ticketmate in Republican history.

McCain, 72 and campaigning to become the oldest first-term president in history, faced a delicate assignment as he formally accepted his party’s presidential nomination: presenting his credentials as a reformer willing to take on his own party and stressing his independence from an unpopular President Bush.

He and Palin were departing their convention city immediately after the Arizona senator‘s acceptance speech, bound for Wisconsin and an early start on the final weeks of the White House campaign.

Palin has been the object of intense scrutiny since McCain tapped her as his running mate last week. “I’m very proud to have introduced our next vice president to the country,” he said. “But I can’t wait until I introduce her to Washington.”

The last night of the McCain-Palin convention also marked the end of an intensive stretch of politics with the potential to reshape the race. Democrats held their own convention last week in Denver, nominating Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden as running mate for Obama, whose own acceptance speech drew an estimated 84,000 partisans to an outdoor football stadium.


Sarah Palin’s Speech Shows Confidence, Takes Shots at Barack Obama

September 4, 2008

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told delegates at the Republican National Convention last night that she’s an outsider ready to join John McCain in helping to bring “real” change to Washington.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Sarah Palin accepted her party’s nomination for the vice presidency last night to the boisterous excitement of gathered Republicans, employing oratorical sparkle to argue for her qualifications as a reform candidate and her “servant’s heart,” slam the record of Barack Obama, and lionize running mate John McCain.

Mr. McCain, she argued, is an “upright and honorable man, the kind of fellow whose name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this great country, only he was among those who came home.” And she called him a wise and compassionate man who has “seen evil,” knows how to confront it, and is fit for “the most powerful office on earth.” “There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you in places where winning means survival and defeat means death,” she said, “and that man is John McCain.”

Reviews of the speech were generally strong. The Washington Post said Gov. Palin “proved to be an instant jolt of energy for a political party that has been worried and demoralized for much of 2008,” while the New York Times said she “electrified a convention that has been consumed by questions of whether she was up to the job.” The Wall Street Journal notes she was trying “to take all the problems and controversies that have arisen since her nomination” and “turn them into assets with mainstream voters,” and that this “went down well with the party stalwarts” at the convention, repeatedly drawing sustained applause, supportive chants and boos for those she villainized.

But “the broader question was how her speech would play to the audience beyond,” the Journal says, “a question that was impossible to answer immediately.” Following the convention, the Times adds, Gov. Palin “moves into a national campaign where she will have to appeal to audiences that are not necessarily primed to adore her” and “navigate far less controlled campaign settings that will test not only her political skills but also her knowledge of foreign and domestic policy.” Still, Roll Call dubbed her speech “the marquee event” of the convention, and its success raised the bar for the speech of Mr. McCain set for tonight.

The Associated Press has the full text of the speech. It was a big night for Palin and she delivered a speech which took direct shots at Barack Obama and his campaign. It will be interesting to see how the polls react following both national conventions and the entire Bristol Palin/Levi Johnston pregnancy. Thoughts?

Is The Media Out to Get Sarah Palin?

September 4, 2008

The McCain camp seems to think so. Republicans launched a counter attack at the media’s scrutiny of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today and accused the media of wanting to destroy John McCain’s vice presidential pick.

From CNN:

The accusation comes as Palin is set to take center stage at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night in the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. She will address the delegates in prime time with what many analysts call the most important speech of her political career so far.

The McCain campaign has been engaged in an increasingly fierce offensive against media coverage of McCain’s choice of running mate. The media is examining whether the first-term governor and former small-town mayor’s experience has prepared her for the vice presidency and whether the McCain camp spent enough time vetting her background.

In a memo released Wednesday, McCain’s campaign called the scrutiny of Palin a “faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican” vice presidential nominee.

“Gov. Sarah Palin is an exceptional governor with a record of accomplishment that exceeds, by far, the governing accomplishments of Sen. [Barack] Obama,” Steve Schmidt, a senior McCain adviser, wrote in a memo, referring to the Democratic presidential candidate. “Her selection came after a six-month-long, rigorous vetting process where her extraordinary credentials and exceptionalism became clear.

Here’s a few excerpts from her speech tonight, courtesy of the Associated Press:

In excerpts of the most anticipated speech of the Republican National Convention, the 44-year-old first-term governor also took a swipe at Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and what she called the “Washington elite.”

“Here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country,” she said in her prepared remarks.

“I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better,” she said, speaking of her home town of Wasilla, Alaska, with a population of about 6,500.

“When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.”

Before becoming governor, Palin served as mayor of Wasilla, she recounted, adding: “And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

That was a clear jab at Obama, who as a young man worked as a community organizer in Chicago, an experience he speaks about frequently on the campaign trail.

In another indirect barb directed at the Illinois Democrat, Palin said: “Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

I believe that Sarah Palin is a nice person with a track record of doing what she says she is going to do. There have been many issues raised recently that may give people a certain impression of her. For me, I let my own thoughts and determinations decide who I will vote for. I try to stay neutral through everything and in November, I’ll cast my vote. I hope that she is given a fair shot as we should treat others the way that we would want to be treated ourselves. Thoughts?

Sarah Palin to Address Republican National Convention

September 3, 2008

Tonight may be the biggest speech in the political career of Alaska Governor and Republican running mate, Sarah Palin. Tonight, Palin will be formally introduced (again) to the nation in a speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also scheduled to speak on Wednesday is former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.


Credit: CNN

From Reuters:

Sarah Palin has dominated the Republican convention for days without making a public appearance but on Wednesday she takes the spotlight with a prime-time speech that will introduce her to American voters.

Since John McCain made the nearly unknown Palin his No. 2, the Alaska governor has been at the center of a media storm fueled by disclosures about her unmarried teenage daughter’s pregnancy, a probe into her role in an Alaskan official’s firing and questions about the her political record.

McCain, 72, an Arizona senator, and Palin will be nominated by the convention on Wednesday to face Democrat Barack Obama and his vice presidential running mate, Joe Biden, in the November 4 presidential election.

Palin’s anti-abortion and pro-gun record have excited conservatives and party activists but the appearance on Wednesday will be her first chance to directly tell American voters her life story and philosophy.

It comes just five days after McCain shocked the U.S. political world by introducing the 44-year-old first-term governor as his running mate at an Ohio rally.

From CNN:

GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took a Wednesday morning tour of the podium at the Republican National Convention, hours before she’ll return to give what will be the most scrutinized speech of her career.

The Alaska governor walked through the nearly empty Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul and spent about 10 minutes checking out the podium where she’ll give her prime-time acceptance speech as Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential nominee.

Palin told reporters that she feels “great.”

“I’m excited to speak to Americans. This will be good. It’s about reform,” she said.

Top McCain staff, including campaign manager Rick Davis and senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, accompanied Palin on her tour.

The governor’s address is sure to generate a lot of attention since McCain surprised many political observers last week with his selection of Palin over better-known contenders such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

This should be a very interesting speech with a very large audience of Republican, Democrat and undecided voters. You don’t normally associate one speech in determining an election, but the importance of this speech could be felt all the way to November. With the controversy of her daughter, Bristol Palin and her “soon to be husband” Levi Johnston, as well as other situations involving her husband and other political questions, it should bring the country together to watch. Thoughts?