McCain: 'Change Is Coming'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2008 9:44 PM CDT
Sen., John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., during a walk- through at the Convention Center in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – John McCain accepted the Republican nomination tonight and promised that "change is coming," MSNBC reports. McCain stressed that he, not Barack Obama, can bridge party differences and end the "constant partisan rancor" in Washington. “Again and again, I’ve worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed,” he said. "I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not."

McCain, who had the stage retooled for more of a "town hall" feel, played up his maverick image and chastised Republicans as well as Democrats for "losing the trust" of Americans. The GOP "is going to get back to basics," he said, calling for low taxes and worker retraining. McCain also cited his stint as a POW. "I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else's," he said. "I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for."