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McCain: I’ve Fought For You, Now I Want You To ‘Fight With Me’

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John McCain delivered his acceptance speech at a stage changed to highlight his strengths in a town hall setting. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

John McCain delivers his acceptance speech for nominee of the Republican Party at a stage changed to highlight his strengths in a town hall setting. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

ST. PAUL, Minn.–John McCain delivered a workmanlike speech when he accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday night, emphasizing his service to the country and saying he wants to fight for the people.

The speech was deeply personal, and McCain did not hesitate to attack his own party.

“The party of Lincoln, [Teddy] Roosevelt and Reagan is going to get back to basics,” McCain said.

But the speech did not contain much of the raw meat Republicans had been gnawing on for the past two days. He barely attacked his opponent, the Democratic nominee Barack Obama, save for a call and response on basic policy divisions the parties have had for decades. He did not attack the press, as many did the day before.

“The constant partisan rancor that stops us from solving these problems isn’t a cause, it’s a symptom,” McCain said. “It’s what happens when people go to Washington to work for themselves and not you.”

Initially, the speech kept getting interrupted by protesters, and after the third time, McCain flashed a smirk and told his audience not “to be diverted by the ground noise and the static.”

McCain gave a breakdown on his policies concerning war, offshore drilling and fixing the economy, but the bulk of his speech was spent narrating his biography and describing his five years as a prisoner of war, saying it taught him to love his country.

“I wasn’t my own man anymore,” he said. “I was my country’s.”

The speech closed with a flourish: “Fight with me. Fight with me. Fight for what’s right for our country.”

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September 5, 2008 at 12:11 am

Obama E-Mail Accuses GOP Of Attacking ‘Ordinary People’

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–Since last night’s acceptance speech by Sarah Palin, the Barack Obama campaign has issued two fundraising e-mails, the latest about 20 minutes ago.

With the nation watching, the Republicans mocked, dismissed, and actually laughed out loud at Americans who engage in community service and organizing,” the latest e-mail said.

The campaign asked for donations of $5 or more to prove “the McCain attack squad doesn’t understand is that people like you – who devote part of their busy lives to organizing and building their communities – have the power to change this country.”

Marc Ambinder reports via Twitter that the campaign says they’ve raised $10 million since last night alone.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 4, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Excerpts From McCain’s Speech

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Republican National Committee released excerpts from John McCain’s acceptance speech:

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.”

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 4, 2008 at 7:40 pm

More Protesters…And More Police, Too

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–Protesters are marching on the Republican National Convention again Thursday, in a demonstration called “No peace for the warmakers.”

Here’s a shot taken by Flickr user JasonB4 on his iPhone showing police gearing up for the protesters.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 4, 2008 at 6:18 pm

BREAKING NEWS: John Edwards Cancels University Visit

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MINNEAPOLIS–John Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee and twice a candidate for president, canceled his scheduled University appearance. Read full article here.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm

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Roger Simon: GOP, Don’t You Dare Chastise ‘Elite’ Media

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MINNEAPOLIS–Roger Simon, the chief columnist for Politico, sarcastically apologizes for scrutinizing media coverage of Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 4, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Joe Bruno Makes Obama-Eliot Spitzer Parallel

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MINNEAPOLIS–At the New York GOP delegation’s last breakfast, the former state senate majority leader compared the Democratic nominee to former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace last March after being identified as a client to a high-end prostitution ring.

Bruno, now a registered lobbyist, said Barack Obama’s message hides substance in favor of the image of a magnanimous leader, just like how he said Spitzer won his seat in the governor’s mansion in 2006.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm