McCain to Praise Clinton in New Orleans Speech
Sen. John McCain will praise Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton tonight in a Louisiana speech marking the start of the general election campaign, according to excerpts provided by his campaign. It will be the second time in as many days he has praised her as a woman for making a historic and "inspiring" run for the presidency. He also will declare Democratic Sen. Barack Obama a "formidable opponent," according to the speech. Some excerpts:
I commend both Senators Obama and Clinton for the long, hard race they have run....
Senator Clinton has earned great respect for her tenacity and courage. The media often overlooked how compassionately she spoke to the concerns and dreams of millions of Americans, and she deserves a lot more appreciation than she sometimes received. As the father of three daughters, I owe her a debt for inspiring millions of women to believe there is no opportunity in this great country beyond their reach. I am proud to call her my friend.
Pundits and party elders have declared that Senator Obama will be my opponent. He will be a formidable one. But I'm ready for the challenge, and determined to run this race in a way that does credit to our campaign and to the proud, decent and patriotic people I ask to lead.
The decision facing Americans in this election couldn't be more important to the future security and prosperity of American families. This is, indeed, a change election. No matter who wins this election, the direction of this country is going to change dramatically. But, the choice is between the right change and the wrong change; between going forward and going backward.
Posted at 8:30 PM ET on Jun 3, 2008
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