John McCain accepted the Republican presidential nomination last night, “Let me offer an advance warning to the old, big spending, do-nothing, me first, country second, Washington crowd: Change is coming... I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not. You know, I’ve been called a maverick, someone who marches to the beat of his own drum... I don’t work for a party. I don’t work for special interests. I don’t work for myself. I work for you."
McCain suggested using "the best ideas from both sides" and spoke to his experiences as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War--and how America saved him. He also tried to distance himself from the Bush administration, "I fight to restore the pride and principles of our party. We were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us. We lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption... We're going to change that. We're going to recover the people's trust by standing up again for the values Americans admire." (McCain also included the Democrats and Obama among those who lost America's trust.) Here's a transcript and video is below.
Barack Obama's spokesman Bill Burton issued a statement, "He admonished the 'old, do-nothing crowd' in Washington but ignored the fact that he's been part of that crowd for 26 years, opposing solutions on health care, energy and education. He talked about bipartisanship but didn't mention that he's been a Bush partisan 90 percent of the time, that he's run a Karl Rove campaign and that he wants to continue this president's disastrous economic and foreign policies for another four years. With John McCain, it's more of the same."