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From the Floor: McCain's Vision

Jim Kadtke is a delegate from the District of Columbia to the Republican National Convention. He joins D.C. Wire today to blog from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

I'm sitting in the lobby of our delegation hotel in Minnesota at 3 pm, and guests are slowly filing past to check out and catch taxis. It is strangely quiet. The delegates and other convention attendees look tired and subdued, but there is an odd look of satisfaction on most of them, a look they did not have four days ago.

This is likely because the GOP came here as one party, but is leaving as another.

Last night was a bit different than the three previous days. All the technical business of the convention was over, and had gone well. Yesterday was a day of hopeful speeches and an increasing sense of victory in November.

Something more important happened last night though: Mr. McCain laid down a new vision for the GOP. It is a vision which I think most of the attendees felt was closer to traditional GOP roots, and indeed to traditional American values and a re-dedication to service to our country and fellow citizens. During Sen. McCain's speech last night, I noticed many people visibly weeping. But this was not just for their party, it was because of a message of new hope and unity for all Americans of any party, and of a plan to make it happen.

I am not sure what will happen in the months ahead, or who will win this election, but I have not felt this level of confidence in our future in several years, and many of my colleagues here fell the same way.

I will miss Minneapolis. A half dozen locals and staff of the hotel have already stopped and chatted with me at various point this morning, some for 15-20 minutes, and their message is always the same: 'We're so happy you came, and please come back'. It almost makes me sad to leave for DC. Almost.

Thanks for reading our postings these last few days.

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Well Ok, I will over look it just this one time. McCains speech wasnt anything compared to Huckaboo or Sarah Moose! Now those two Conservatives know how to give a speech. Sarah Palin is the new Obama, The new most famous person in the world. Uh Oh, Wonder if she is a Muslim too? Or worse, the anti-christ?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio Pics Videos http://www.theveep.com

This site has everything about her scandals and Levi BF of her daughter http://www.hotpres.com

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Its all about Palin for the next few weeks. It might be a bad thing that she is more Popular then McCain.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 5, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

POW, POW, POW, POW, POW, POW, POW - OKAY WE GET IT. TELL US HOW US POW'S OF MCCAIN/BUSH ECONOMIC POLICIES OVER THE LAST 8 YEARS IS GOING TO PUT FOOD ON MY TABLE! THE POW WELL, IS NOW DRIED UP, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT FALLING FOR IT ANYMORE!

Posted by: latinovoter | September 5, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Please, McCain has no vision. Palin does. Even if McCain would start having ideas at this point, It wouldnt change my opionion though, I think Sarah Palin Should be the GOP nominee!! not McCain. The Republicans are much more excited about palin then mccain., The new most famous person in the world.

This site has the inside scoop about the Palin Dui Secret, http://www.duihelpguide.com Why hasnt the news covered this?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio, Pics, Videos, Alot of Polls like how many people actually think that she is attractive? http://www.theveep.com

This site has everything about her scandals, Levi the Boy Friend, what really happen with ebay plane. http://www.hotpres.com

Despite all of this, and her lack of experiance she would probably make a much better president then McCain., Because like Obama she hasnt been corrupted by washington yet.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 6, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

facts from the beginning of time up to now in this country you cannot blame a black president for the situation we are in today.i guess i am stupid right.

Posted by: frank | September 6, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

solution on economy if obama wins the market will sky rocket.because its what the world wants and not the repub.this is one time in my life i wish the world could vote.this election isn't about the issues we face in this country because if it was i would not be having this conversation with you.america progress has no future this country will never come together as a whole we are the most ignorant educated people in the world.but i can say again to this day none of this has ever happen on a black president watch.

Posted by: frank | September 6, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday was John McCain's 72nd birthday. If elected, he'd be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for "inexperience," here's who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.Huh?Who is Sarah Palin? Here's some basic background:

She was elected Alaska 's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.1

Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2

She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3

Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4

She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.5

She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6
How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.7
This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment to forward this email to your friends and family.We also asked Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking. Here's a sample:
She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose M., Fairbanks, AK

She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She's a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine B., Denali Park, AK

As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. —Karen L., Anchorage, AK

Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position.—Sherry C., Anchorage, AK

She's vehemently anti-choice and doesn't care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L., Juneau, AK

I think she's far too inexperienced to be in this position. I'm all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn't done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain's part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he'll get our vote by putting "A Woman" in that position.—Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK

So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She's a global warming denier who shares John McCain's commitment to Big Oil. And she's dramatically inexperienced.In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he's made a very dangerous decision for our country.In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain's vice-presidential choice means. Please pass this information along to your friends and family.

Posted by: Debbie | September 10, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

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