'Drill, Baby, Drill'
ST. PAUL -- Michael S. Steele, Maryland's former lieutenant
governor, fired up the Republican convention Wednesday night with a
10-minute speech that touted Sen. John McCain's character and judgment
and suggested he would bring about change on issues important
"Are you ready to party in this house tonight?" Steele said as he took
the stage to chants of his name and vigorous waving of Maryland flags
from members of his state's delegation.
"We need a leader who understands the life's lessons of those who
sacrificed," said Steele, who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2006
and is chairman of GOPAC, an organization that recruits Republican
candidates for races across the country. "In times just as these, we
need John McCain."
Steele said McCain would champion limited government, lower taxes,
"a colorblind society," school choice and energy independence.
"Let me make it very clear," Steele told a raucous crowd. "Drill,
baby, drill, and drill now."
Chants of "Drill, baby, drill" filled the hall.
Steele, an African American, did not mention Barack Obama by
name but took several jabs at the Democratic nominee.
"John McCain knows that mere words about 'change' are not
enough to transform this nation," Steele said.
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