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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


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

Protest March On RNC (Mostly) Peaceful

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By Samuel Rubenfeld


ST. PAUL, Minn.–Thousands of protesters descended here Monday to protest the Republican National Convention.

One independent activist, Jeff Nygaard, estimated the crowd at about 10,000 after saying he counted all of the protesters at the beginning of the march.

The protesters’ biggest cause was against the war, but others wanted immigration reform, some sported GLBT pride flags and others protested government inaction on global climate change.

Most of the protest was peaceful, and I personally did not see any arrests or violence, but there were reports of assaulted delegates, of anarchists arrested and burning dumpsters used as weapons.

One Twitter user reports Monday’s arrest totals in Ramsey County as of 10:30 p.m.

Also, the end of the route was changed by police due to what police called structural damage to a few buildings and scattered violence on the road of the original route. The march went a few blocks further away from the XCel Energy Center and zigzagged back up to the state capitol, where the march began.

Scenes from the protests:

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And video:

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–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 2, 2008 at 12:09 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


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

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Sees Dr. King Jr.’s Dream Closer To Reality

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DENVER–Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson who ran for president, said he saw the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. looking down on Denver and it being the first convention to take “place within sight of his mountaintop.”

Despite what he saw as imperfections in the U.S., especially in its history on race, Jackson Jr. said “our union can always be perfected.”

Jackson Jr. spoke about how Barack Obama defeated the odds when running for the U.S. Senate: no one in Illinois expected anything from him, a community organizer and a low-key state senator from the South Side of Chicago.

But Obama beat those odds once, and Jackson Jr. said he could beat them again.

“What I saw in that campaign is what I’m seeing today: ordinary men and women of all races, all religions, all walks of life coming together to demand a government in Washington that’s as honest and decent, as purposeful and responsible as the American people,” Jackson Jr. said.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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August 25, 2008 at 11:49 pm