Opening Benediction by his Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Church….
Robert Duvall narrated video. I sure hope these things get on the internet…. they are fantastic.
Governor Huntsman of Utah, recovering from a cold, discusses Sarah Palin, and the crowd start chanting “Sarah! Sarah!”…. and officially nominates her.
After a brief seconding by the Alaska delegations, a huge seconding, “the ayes have it,” and more chanting.
Minnesota Gov Tim Pawlenty warms up the crowd with…
He will force government to live within its means, just like families do.
He knows that small businesses are the job growth engine for our country.
He knows the last thing they need is MORE taxes.
John also understands that health care costs are budget busters for too many American families.
He’ll provide help but will put consumers and their doctors in charge, not the federal government.
John also knows it’s getting tougher for us to afford to fill-up at the pump.
His energy plan is classic McCain – bold and aggressive.
In this time, we don’t need a president who can just read a poll or momentarily thrill a crowd.
We don’t need rhetoric or empty promises.
We need a president who has the integrity and courage to make the tough choices so America will be stronger and safer.
I believe the times call out great leaders.
This time, our time, calls out for John McCain.
Overall, the crowd here seems to be a lot more sedate… there’s no mountain of anticipation for Palin…. though there is a Palin video on the agenda tonight that was skipped due to time last night. It’s good… look for it.
Here’s to hoping Cindy McCain is a great speaker.
Brownback gets the biggest applause of the evening. Did he run for President in 2008?
Poingant video called “World Stood Still” which Democrats will trash because of 9/11 references, etc….. ended with chants of “USA USA USA”
Big applause for Gold Medal Decathlete Brian Clay.
Huge applause for NFL Coach and NASCAR owner Joe Gibbs
A happy mother and son from New Jersey.
The Palin video was, as you can imagine, well received.
… and Tom Ridge gets a nice round of applause as recalls pal-ing around with John McCain.
Who for his country, has worked to preserve, honor and protect the great land of the free.
That’s John McCain.
John dares to think differently, to act boldly and to put country before self.
He dares to believe that we are all called to serve as long as we call ourselves free.
He dares to embrace the founding principle that our responsibility to one another extends from a national crisis to an individual need – from nation to nation – community to community – in this, the greatest community ever formed.
So may we rise to the occasion, to the moment, to the vision of our Founding Fathers.
May we summon ourselves to our best efforts and call this maverick forward.
Let us elect a man who has firmly and unequivocally laid out his vision of where this country can go.
Who offers a better way…a better day…and a greater say – for all who call this great country home.
That’s John McCain.
The crowd starts chanting “That’s John McCain!”
Anheiseur-Busch gets applause and cheers during the Cindy McCain biopic.
A very measured dignified speech from Mrs McCain.
But I have also seen the resilience of the American people. I’ve heard stirring stories of neighbor helping neighbor, of cities on one end of the country offering help to fellow citizens on the other.
Despite our challenges our hearts are still alive with hope and belief in our individual ability to make things right if only the Federal government would get itself under control and out of our way.
Gets big applause.
The crowd is still enraptured by Sarah Palin. Every mention of her gets a massive reaction. It’s amazing.
McCain biopic is great…I’ll say it again, the RNC needs to put these on the web somewhere.
McCain enters to huge applause.
I don’t know about the green grass background.
It must gall the left to no end, when the chants are “USA USA USA” not “O-Ba-Ma”… and the protestors, are really classy.
But McCain handles them well…
WOW! Great speech… I have never heard McCain’s POW treatment from him personally… it’s always been from someone else. Incredibly powerful…. love of country.
They’ll be dropping balloons here for a half an hour.
Senator McCain’s full remarks are after the jump, I’ll post more later..