Here are exerpts released by the McCain campaign of John McCain’s accceptance speech tonight.
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 isnâ€™t a cause, itâ€™s a symptom. Itâ€™s what happens when people go to Washington to work for themselves and not you.
Again and again, Iâ€™ve worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed. Thatâ€™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 elseâ€™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 wasnâ€™t my own man anymore. I was my countryâ€™s.”