Palin packs a punch
John McCain prepares
for tonight’s round
By Mike Klein
ST. PAUL — The small-town hockey mom’s fiery speech Wednesday night brought alive the Republican National Convention.
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
Broadcast: PBS, CSPAN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX
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