Thursday in Saint Paul, John McCain will officially accept the republican nomination for President of the United States.
One thing he doesn't have to do is introduce him self to delegates at the GOP convention.
Republicans have had a long and sometimes strained relationship with John McCain.
But Thursday night they'll rally round their nominee, and he will fully embrace them.
A new stage is John McCain's, for the speech he's waited years to give
McCain joined Sarah Palin briefly Wednesday night
After Palin wowed the crowd, stinging Barack Obama
This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign," said Palin.
Palin was wry and feisty and confident, as she introduced her family, five kids ages five months to 19 all new to the national spotlight.
Her main policy push was to elect John McCain
"There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you and that man is John McCain," said Palin.
No talk about the economy, Iraq, or health care.
Tough questions for Palin are ahead said her VP rival.
This is gonna be a very, very skillful debater and I'm gonna have to do an awful lot of work to figure out how to deal with her, laughs," said democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden.
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"She was awesome, she was absolutely somebody that I would be very proud to call vice president," delegate Rosario Marin said.