McCain's turn to accept nomination

McCain and Palin on the stage after her speech Wednesday night. Tonight, it's McCain's turn.
McCain and Palin on the stage after her speech Wednesday night. Tonight, it's McCain's turn.

After his running mate Sarah Palin's high energy performance last night, it's John McCain's turn.

Capping an amazing comeback within his own party, McCain will accept the Republican nomination for President at the convention in St. Paul tonight.

Palin fired up the Republican National Convention with her speech.

The 44-year-old Alaska governor cast herself as a maverick like McCain, and slammed Barack Obama.

"We don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening," Palin said.

Palin's headlines were positive after four days of negative revelations.

In his speech tonight, McCain is sure to talk about his Vietnam war heroism, and say he's been a principled battler ever since.

Aides say McCain will focus on his record and his proposals, and not spend as much time as Palin did attacking Obama.

From the Associated Press:

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - John McCain, a POW turned political rebel, vowed Thursday night to vanquish the "constant partisan rancor" plaguing the nation.

"Change is coming" to Washington, he promised the Republican National Convention as he launched his fall campaign for the White House.

"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."

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