John McCain’s Convention Speech
Accessed on 9.9.08
The prepared text of Sen.
’s speech in St. Paul, Minn., at the Republican
Thank you all very much. Tonight, I have a privilege given few Americans — the
privilege of accepting our party’s nomination for President of the United States. And I
accept it with gratitude, humility and confidence.
In my life, no success has come without a good fight, and this nomination wasn’t any
different. That’s a tribute to the candidates who opposed me and their supporters. They’re
leaders of great ability, who love our country, and wished to lead it to better days. Their
support is an honor I won’t forget.
I’m grateful to the President for leading us in those dark days following the worst attack
on American soil in our history, and keeping us safe from another attack many thought
was inevitable; and to the First Lady, Laura Bush, a model of grace and kindness in
public and in private. And I’m grateful to the 41st President and his bride of 63 years, and
for their outstanding example of honorable service to our country.
As always, I’m indebted to my wife, Cindy, and my seven children. The pleasures of
family life can seem like a brief holiday from the crowded calendar of our nation’s
business. But I have treasured them all the more, and can’t imagine a life without the
happiness you give me. Cindy said a lot of nice things about me tonight. But, in truth,
she’s more my inspiration than I am hers. Her concern for those less blessed than we are
— victims of land mines, children born in poverty and with birth defects — shows the
measure of her humanity. I know she will make a great First Lady.
When I was growing up, my father was often at sea, and the job of raising my brother,
sister and me would fall to my mother alone. Roberta McCain gave us her love of life,
her deep interest in the world, her strength, and her belief we are all meant to use our
opportunities to make ourselves useful to our country. I wouldn’t be here tonight but for
the strength of her character.
My heartfelt thanks to all of you, who helped me win this nomination, and stood by me
when the odds were long. I won’t let you down. To Americans who have yet to decide
who to vote for, thank you for your consideration and the opportunity to win your trust. I
intend to earn it.
Finally, a word to Senator Obama and his supporters. We’ll go at it over the next two
months. That’s the nature of these contests, and there are big differences between us. But
you have my respect and admiration. Despite our differences, much more unites us than