John McCain will formally accept the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday night as the party's national convention comes to a
close in St. Paul, Minnesota.
McCain's speechwriter, Mark Salter says the senator will
address the broad themes of his campaign, highlight his policy
differences with Democratic nominee Barack Obama, and make an appeal
McCain was officially nominated Wednesday night, shortly after
delegates were energized by a fiery, partisan speech from his vice
presidential running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Palin,
relatively unknown in national politics before being picked by
McCain, used her speech to defend her previous political experience.
She also went on the attack, belittling Obama's achievements in the
Senate, as well as his early career as a community organizer in
A top Obama advisers, David Axelrod dismissed Palin's criticism,
accusing her of blatantly distorting facts.