Senator John McCain was officially nominated as the presidential candidate of the Republican party last night, but his running mate Sarah Palin took the convention hall by storm. The Governor of Alaska addressed the crowd and energized them by introducing herself and her family--and aggressively attacking Barack Obama:
Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.
...We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.
Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani also "brought delegates to their feet repeatedly" with his pointed attacks on Obama. He said, “Barack Obama has never led anything. Nothing. Nada. So, our opponents want to reframe the debate. They would have you believe that this election is about ‘change versus more of the same.’ But that’s really a false choice. Because ‘change’ is not a destination ... just as ‘hope’ is not a strategy.”
Giuliani also boldly referred to disgraced former police commissioner Bernard Kerik, when recalling September 11, 2001, "Without really thinking, based on just emotion, spontaneous, I grabbed the arm of then-Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, and I said to him, ‘Bernie, thank God George Bush is our president.’” Here's a transcript and video is below.
Democrats fired back, with strategists calling her speech "snide" and noted a lack of ideas about the economy. Obama's spokesman Bill Burton issued a statement:
"The speech that Gov. Palin gave was well delivered, but it was written by George Bush’s speechwriter and sounds exactly like the same divisive, partisan attacks we’ve heard from George Bush for the last eight years. If Gov. Palin and John McCain want to define ‘change’ as voting with George Bush 90 percent of the time, that’s their choice, but we don’t think the American people are ready to take a 10 percent chance on change."Tonight will be McCain's official acceptance of the nomination.