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Promising "Change" in Washington, McCain Accepts GOP Nomination

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Sen. John McCain, Republican presidential candidate.

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Arizona Senator John McCain accepted the Republican presidential nomination last night, promising an agenda for change and taking on entrenched interests Washington. [includes rush transcript]

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AMY GOODMAN: We are broadcasting from Saint Paul Neighborhood Network here in St. Paul, Minnesota, where Arizona Senator John McCain accepted the Republican presidential nomination last night at the Xcel Center. In his address, he highlighted his agenda for change and taking on entrenched interests in Washington.

    SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Let me just offer an advance warning to the old, big-spending, do-nothing, me-first, country-second crowd: Change is coming.

    I’m not — I’m not in the habit of breaking my promises to my country, and neither is Governor Palin. And when we tell you we’re going to change Washington and stop leaving our country’s problems for some unluckier generation to fix, you can count on it. And we — we’ve got a record of doing just that, and the strength, experience, judgment and backbone to keep our word to you.

    You well know I’ve been called a maverick, someone who — someone who marches to the beat of his own drum. Sometimes it’s meant as a compliment; sometimes it’s not. What it really means is I understand who I work for. I don’t work for a party. I don’t work for a special interest. I don’t work for myself. I work for you.

    I’ve fought corruption, and it didn’t matter if the culprits were Democrats or Republicans. They violated their public trust, and they had to be held accountable. I’ve fought the big spenders — I’ve fought the big spenders in both parties, who waste your money on things you neither need nor want, and the first big-spending, pork-barrel earmark bill that comes across my desk, I will veto it. I will make them famous, and you will know their names. You will know their names.

    We’re not going to allow that while you struggle to buy groceries, fill your gas tank and make your mortgage payment. I’ve fought to get million-dollar checks out of our elections. I’ve fought lobbyists who stole from Indian tribes. I’ve fought crooked deals in the Pentagon. I’ve fought tobacco companies and trial lawyers, drug companies and union bosses.

    I’ve fought for the right strategy and more troops in Iraq when it wasn’t the popular thing to do. And when the pundits said — and when the pundits said my campaign was finished, I said I’d rather lose an election than see my country lose a war.

AMY GOODMAN: Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain, addressing the convention last night at the Xcel Center.

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