McCain is greeted by the enthusiastic crowd with chants of “USA, USA” He accepts the party nomination and is interrupted by more chants of “USA, USA”.
The Xcel center is full to capacity, and more, since the hallways are full too.
Here is a preview of his speech:
This evening U.S. Sen. John McCain will accept the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States. Excerpts from Sen. McCain’s acceptance speech, as prepared for delivery, are below.
On running mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin:
“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 crowd: change is coming.”
On solving problems in Washington:
“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.”
On love of country:
“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.”
9:23PM A woman in the audience runs in, lifting her arms while making the peace sign, and McCain says, “don’t let the static distract you.”
9:26 The crowd roars when he mentions Sarah Palin. Every time.
9:35 The simple stage with the large screen showing the American flag waving in the background is particularly appropriate to the message that “We believe in a government that unleashes the creativity and initiative of Americans. Government that doesn’t make your choices for you, but works to make sure you have more choices to make for yourself.” And, of course, is a world apart from Obama’s Hollywoodesque temple and mythology.
9:52 Loud applause and cheers, ” I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not.”
9:57 The TV monitors show Veterans standing up when he said that he turned down the VietCong’s offer.
10: 02 Dig at Obama: “I’m not running for president because I think I’m blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need.”
The crowd drowns out the end of the speech, with cheers and applause, standing up.
Cindy McCain joins him. Sarah Palin and her husband are now on the stage, to loud applause.
Confetti, balloons… and joy.
What a wonderful moment.