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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

John McCain Formally Nominated For President

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–John McCain was formally nominated for president by the Republican Party. Arizona passed on their vote initially, but their delegates cast the deciding vote after midnight EDT.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 4, 2008 at 12:41 am

McCain Lands In Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS–John McCain arrived in Minneapolis this afternoon and is expected to make a “surprise appearance” on the floor tonight. Barack Obama did the exact same thing during the Democratic convention’s third night.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 3, 2008 at 5:43 pm

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Clinton: ‘I Don’t Approve That Message’

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Hillary Clinton surrounded by the leaders of the New York Democratic Delegation after speaking to them, emphasizing party unity. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Hillary Clinton surrounded by the leaders of the New York Democratic Delegation after speaking to them, emphasizing party unity. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

DENVER–At her breakfast appearance in front of the New York Democratic Delegation, Hillary Clinton both lauded Barack Obama and attacked John McCain.

She heaped praise on Obama, emphasizing the need for the party to unify behind him and to “work as hard for Barack and Joe Biden as you worked for me.”

Though “we were not all on one side,” she said referring to the 16-month primary battle, “we are now.”

Later on, at a press conference she held in a nearby room in the Sheraton hotel, she addressed a lingering narrative that the convention is not focused on party unity and instead is on placating Clinton supporters.

“There is no doubt in anyone’s mind – this is Barack Obama’s convention, as it should be,” she said.

Clinton also used the speech to berate McCain for using footage of her attacking Obama during the primary season as the reason for her not being chosen – or even vetted – for vice president.

“I’m Hillary Clinton – and I do NOT approve that message!” she said, to loud applause from the delegation.

Update 12:03 p.m. MDT: Clinton issued the following statement regarding the McCain attacks:

Hillary Clinton delivered the following statement at the New York State delegation breakfast this morning in Denver, Colo.

“Every one of us could stand up and recite all the reasons why we must elect Barack. The Supreme Court is at stake; our educational system needs the right kind of change. We’ve got to become energy independent; we have to create millions of new green collar jobs. We’ve got so much work to do around the world.

“None of that will happen if John McCain is in the White House. I just want to make it absolutely clear we cannot afford four more years of George W. Bush’s failed policies in America and that’s what we would get with John McCain.

“Now I understand that the McCain campaign is running ads trying to divide us and let me state what I think about their tactics and these ads: I am Hillary Clinton and I do not approve that message.

“So let there be the no mistake about it, we are united. We are united for change.”

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August 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm