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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

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

‘Hockey Mom’ Sarah Barracuda Slashes Her Detractors

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Sarah Palin walks on stage to deliver her acceptance speech after becoming the first woman to be on a Republican presidential ticket. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Sarah Palin walks on stage to deliver her acceptance speech after becoming the first woman to be on a Republican presidential ticket. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The first woman on a Republican party presidential ticket scored a hat trick in her acceptance speech for the vice presidential nomination.

Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, delivered a stirring speech Wednesday night attacking her Democratic opponents and playing up her small-town biography.

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities,” she said. “I might add that in small towns, 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 took the stage immediately following the convention’s keynote address delivered by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, foregoing the traditional tribute video that precedes the night’s major speaker.

She framed her biography as that of an average mom from a small town, and in so doing, attacked Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle. “They [small town voters] love their country, in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America,” referring to a line from a stump speech from Michelle early on in the primary campaign.

Palin also hyped her maverick credentials, displaying her will to rid her state of wasteful spending. “I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for,” she said. “That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay…I told the Congress ‘thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere.”

Her attacks on Obama were both substantive and personal. “But listening to him [Obama] speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or even a reform – not even in the state senate,” Palin said.

The Democrats issued an immediate response: “The speech that Governor Palin gave was well delivered, but it was written by George Bush’s speechwriter and sounds exactly like the same divisive, partisan attacks we’ve heard from George Bush for the last eight years,” Bill Burton, an Obama campaign spokesman said in a statement.

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September 4, 2008 at 12:35 am

At Mile High Stadium, Obama Soars

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Barack Obama accepts the nomination for president from the Democratic Party before more than 80,000 people at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Barack Obama accepts the nomination for president from the Democratic Party before more than 80,000 people at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

DENVER–Barack Obama lit Invesco Field At Mile High with fireworks both literal and rhetorical.

Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night before more than 80,000 people, in the stadium where football’s Denver Broncos play, solidified him as the first African-American nominee of a major party, and the speech occurred on the 45th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I have a dream” speech. His rise from community organizer in Chicago to presidential nominee culminated with his night in Mile High.

“This moment – this election – is our chance to keep, in the 21st Century, the American promise alive,” Obama said.

The speech mixed attacks on President George W. Bush and John McCain with his vision for the future should he be elected and recognition of the history of his candidacy. It weaved themes from Obama’s keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston with some specific policy proposals, but it was short on details on how he’d pay for the many programs he proposed.

Obama waited until the end of the speech to mention King Jr.’s dream, merging King’s message with his own. “In America, our destiny is inextricably linked,” Obama said. “Together, our dreams can be one.”

Some of the attacks within the speech seemed hypocritical. After saying “Sen. McCain has been anything but independent” from Bush early on in the speech, Obama later said “I will not suggest that the Senator takes his positions for political purposes.”

Just to enter the stadium took a lot of walking both because of the sheer number of people and because of the security perimeter in place; and it took even more waiting. Lines were more than a mile long – at 2 p.m. local time, six hours before Obama was even scheduled to speak.

(Video of walking the line)

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Once inside the stadium, the campaign had merch booths every few feet and had a phone back set up to remind voters to watch the speech. And the Colorado Democratic Party chairman led a text-message campaign he said led to the adding more than 34,000 supporters to the election effort.

This was not the first acceptance to be held in a stadium instead of the convention hall: President John Kennedy accepted his nomination in 1960 before 100,000 people at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

Immediately following the speech, when normally balloons drop from the ceiling on the nominee and his running mate, fireworks boomed overhead and red, white and blue streamers exploded from the Greek-style stage backdrop while classical music blared over the speakers.

And McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds issued a response to the speech: “Tonight, Americans witnessed a misleading speech that was so fundamentally at odds with the meager record of Barack Obama. When the temple comes down, the fireworks end, and the words are over, the facts remain: Senator Obama still has no record of bipartisanship, still opposes offshore drilling, still voted to raise taxes on those making just $42,000 per year, and still voted against funds for American troops in harm’s way.”

The speech played extremely well inside, however, according to a Denver resident who witnessed it:

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August 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Obama Upstages Biden In ‘Surprise’ Appearance

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Barack Obama giving Jill Biden a kiss after striding out on stage to end the third night of the Democratic National Convention. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Barack Obama giving Jill Biden a kiss after striding out on stage to end the third night of the Democratic National Convention. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

DENVER–The rock star closer relieved the set-up man Wednesday night.

After Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, delivered a much-improvised speech – so much so that the Democratic National Committee had to reissue his speech verbatim since is was so different than the original – Barack Obama walked out and upstaged him.

Biden said Obama’s was an example of “the great American story,” and lauded him for his courage and judgement throughout his life.

But after the speech concluded and people began leaving their seats, Barack Obama strode on stage, announced as a “very special surprise guest” by Jill Biden, Joe’s wife.

“Hello Democrats,” Obama said, to thunderous applause. “I just wanted to come out here for a little, little something to say.

“I want everybody to understand why I am so proud to have Joe Biden and Jill Biden and Beau Biden and Mama Biden and the whole Biden family with me on this journey to take America back,” he said.

He thanked each of the major speakers from the last three nights, including Bill and Hillary Clinton. “I think Hillary rocked the house last night, don’t you think?” he said, then applauding himself for 15 seconds. “And, just in case you were wondering, I think President Clinton reminded us of what it was like when a president put people first.”

During Biden’s speech, he attacked McCain forcefully, but only after saying their friendship transcended politics. “We’ve traveled the world together,” Biden said.

Biden also notably made a Freudian slip sure to last throughout the duration of the campaign. After describing what he called an American dream slipping away, Biden said: “That’s the America that George Bush has left us, and that’s the America we’ll continue to get if George – excuse me – if John McCain is elected president of the United States of America.”

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August 28, 2008 at 1:18 am