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Palin packs a punch

John McCain prepares

for tonight’s round

By Mike Klein

mklein@postbulletin.com

ST. PAUL — The small-town hockey mom’s fiery speech Wednesday night brought alive the Republican National Convention.

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Tonight, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain steps to the plate after being nominated in a roll call Wednesday.

McCain’s vice presidential candidate, 44-year-old Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, criticized Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, praised McCain’s experience and character, and promised change, bringing roars from the crowd.

"In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers," she said in a barbed reference to Obama’s campaign theme. "And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change."

Palin and other speakers attacked Obama time after time on the convention’s third night, following two convention nights that were subdued in light of Hurricane Gustav’s arrival at the Gulf Coast.

Delegates — fired up by former presidential contenders Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani — greeted Palin as a rock star, rattling the Xcel Energy Center’s rafters.

John McCain speech

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

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Broadcast: PBS, CSPAN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX

INSIDE:

• Palin’s speech impresses delegates and viewers, A4

• Women make progress in politics, A4

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