Republican presidential nominee John McCain reached out beyond party lines Thursday with a promise to make the government start working for the people again and get the United States back on the road to prosperity and peace.
“Again and again, I’ve worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed.... I will reach out my hand to anyone to help me get this country moving again. I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not,” he said in his speech.
Underlining his national security credentials, McCain said, “We face many threats in this dangerous world, but I’m not afraid of them. I’m prepared for them. I know how the military works.... I know how the world works.... I know how to secure the peace.”
With the economy and energy prices emerging as the biggest issues in this election, McCain spent some time on them. He said, “We will drill new wells offshore, and we’ll drill them now. We will build more nuclear power plants. We will develop clean coal technology. We will increase the use of wind, tide, solar and natural gas. We will encourage the development and use of flex fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles. This great national cause will create millions of new jobs.”
For workers left behind by the changing economy, McCain offered a redesigned assistance package and training for new kinds of jobs.
Parents would be empowered with school choice. But the focus clearly was on change. “I’ve found just the right partner to help me shake up Washington, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska,” McCain said. “She has executive experience and a real record of accomplishment. She’s tackled tough problems like energy independence and corruption.... I can’t wait until I introduce her to Washington.” Change has been the message of the Obama campaign from the beginning.