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Observations on the Republican National Convention -- Day 4

September 5, 2008 - Joselyn King
Many Republicans may have wanted someone else in the role , but the GOP now has its "top gun" in its presidential nominee -- former naval pilot and current U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

The past actions of the "maverick" senator have angered many of the more staunch Republicans. This was because he has actually brokered a few bi-partisan deals during his time in the Senate.

The idea of achieving bi-partisanship was one broached by McCain in his acceptance speech Thursday night. The former soldier and POW pledged to act using diplomacy -- at least within the U.S. government.

Still, he expressed concerns about Iran gaining nuclear weapons, and of Russia returning to acts of agression against its neighbors. McCain promised to stand up to that.

Did you notice that while McCain expressed gratitude "to the president" for leading the nation during tough times, he didn't mention George W. Bush's name. He did mention that of First Lady Laura Bush when acknowledging her.

MSNBC pointed out that the word "Republican" was curiously absent from signage in the convention hall, except in small print, and added that McCain was attempting to "rebrand" the Republican party.

He succeeded in at least creating some excitement during the convention. When the delegates first arrived, they seemed to sit on their hands that first night (or second) of the convention.

McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has proven to be a successful one -- at least in the short term. Palin's speech Wednesday night seemed to capture the imagination of Republicans, as well as some independent-minded Democrats.

But McCain still hasn't spoken much about what specifically he will do to "change" the country -- the buzz word this election. He definitely needs to hit the issues more.

His Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill, can talk at length about his ideas for the country. The problem is that all his ideas seem very expensive, and some figures showing where the money will come from to assure such things as health care for all, child care for families and a savings plan for families is needed.


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