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McCain RNC Speech Excerpts: ‘Change is Coming’

BY Admin  September 4, 2008 at 7:35 PM EDT

John McCain; file photo

Regarding his running mate Alaska Gov. 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.”