John McCain
Election 2008 John McCain Articles

Moving Words from
John McCain's Acceptance Speech

 Oct 29    Y     Obama Speechwriter Switches
   to McCain; Ignored by MSM  
  NewsBusters, P.J. Gladnick  
 Oct 27    Y     What McCain has to do to Win, Dick Morris  
     Y     John McCain, Against the Wind     National Review Online, Byron York  
     Y     GOP leading in two key
   congressional races  
  Houston Chronicle, Alan Bernstein  
 Oct 25    Y     Signs Pointing To A McCain Victory     American Thinker, Steven M. Warshawsky  
     Y     Anti-GOP partiality continues
   in the media  
  Washington Times, Jennifer Harper  
 Oct 24    Y     McCain Versus the Juggernaut     The Weekly Standard, William Kristol  
     Y     In McCain’s Uphill Battle,
   Winning Is an Option  
  The New York Times, Adam Nagourney  
 Oct 23    Y     IBD/TIPP Tracking Poll: Day Eleven     Investor's Business Daily, Staff  
     Y     I Just Gave John McCain My Purple Heart     National Review, Byron York  
     Y     The Tax Argument Still Works     The Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove  
     Y     John McCain: Proven patriot
   worthy of presidency  
  Examiner Enterprise, Opinion Staff  
 Oct 22    Y     The Joe-the-Plumber vote
   is bigger than you think  
  American Thinker, by John Berlau  
     Y     The View From the Frontline     FrontPage Magazine, Ben Johnson  
     Y     Region could give McCain Pa. win     Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Mike Wereschagin  
 Oct 21    Y     McCain Outperforming Bush in Ohio
  National Review, Jim Geraghty  
     Y     McCain Sticks to His Guns     Creators Syndicate, by Debra Saunders  
 Oct 18    Y     NYT's scoops on Cindy
   angers McCain camp  
  Washington Times, Kimberly Kweder  
     Y     A Whole New Game     New York Post, Dick Morris & Eileen McGann  
     Y     McCain Defends Joe the Plumber,
   Obama Votes Present  
  Weekly Standard, Mary Katherine Ham  
     Y     Can Joe the Plumber Turn it Around?     Creators Syndicate, Michael Barone  
 Oct 17    Y     John McCain telephones 'Joe the Plumber'     Agence France-Presse, Staff  
     Y     It’s Americanism vs. Socialism
   on November 4th  
  The New Media Journal, Frank Salvato  
     Y     Campaign Finance Reform
   Meets Unintended Consequences  
  ABC News, John Stossel  
     Y     Ronald Reagan Returns
   in Form of Joe the Plumber  
  Bloomberg, Amity Schlaes  
 Oct 16    Y     McCain Wins Round Three     Daily Standard, Stephen F. Hayes  
     Y     Joe: Obama Tax Plan 'Infuriates Me'     ABC News, Teddy Davis  
     Y     Senator Government     WSJ, Ed  
     Y     Old Warrior finally has his Great Debate     New York Post, Charles Hurt  
     Y     McCain puts Obama on the defensive     AP, Liz Sidoti  
     Y     Tardy Joe the Plumber fixes leaking ship     Boston Herald, Howie Carr  
 Oct 15    Y     Joe the plumber steals the show     AP, Philip Elliott  
 Oct 14    Y     McCain's fellow POWs recount Vietnam     AP, Mark Niesse  
     Y     What McCain Must Do     American Thinker, James Edmund Pennington  
 Oct 11    Y     McCain: America is angry and I am too     National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson  
 Oct 10    Y     Not Over Yet     National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson  
 Oct  8    Y     McCain seen as 'bare-knuckled fighter'
who won't take no for answer  
  USA Today, by Jill Lawrence  
     Y     McCain Would Restore America's Standing     Jewish Daily Forward, Meyrav Wurmser  
     Y     McCain Pledges Gov. Will Buy Up Mortgages     ABC News, Russell Goldman  
 Oct  7    Y     What if McCain knows what he's doing?     American Thinker, Charlie Martin  
 Oct  6    Y     The Warrior and the Priest     Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes  
 Oct  3    Y     Survival Isn't Enough     The Spectator [UK], Melanie Phillips  
 Oct  2    Y     NYT Maureen Dowd Kicked Off
McCain's Campaign Plane  
  Newsbusters, Warner Todd Huston  
 Sep 28    Y     McCain's Trump Card, Dick Morris & Eileen McGann  
     Y     Guard gun rights, McCain says     Columbus Dispatch, Mark Niquette  
 Sep 27    Y     Brothers in arms hit road for McCain     Washington Post, Krissah Williams Thompson  
     Y     AOL Straw Poll: McCain 63%, Obama 37%     NewsBusters, Terry Trippany  
     Y     And the winner is... Mac by a bracelet     Boston Herald, Howie Carr  
     Y     McCain as the Alpha Male     Washington Post, David S. Broder  
     Y     John Comes Out Victorious
After Playing Offense  
  New York Post, Rich Lowry  
     Y     Mac Wins, But Will It Matter?     Real Clear Politics, Tom Bevan  
 Sep 26    Y     The Mac is back     Politico, Roger Simon  
      Y     Track record shows McCain is
most fit to lead, Lorie Byrd  
      Y     McCain has his priorities straight     CNN, Ruben Navarrette Jr.  
      Y     'Fundamental' Mac Defying Laws of Gravity     New York Post, Rich Lowry  
 Sep 25    Y     Falwell hopes 10,500 Liberty students
help tip election  
  USA Today, Adelle M. Banks  
      Y     Leftwing Blogosphere Enraged
Over Bill Clinton's Defense of McCain  
  Newsbusters, P.J. Gladnick  
      Y     The maverick rides again     Guardian [UK], Simon Tisdall  
      Y     How to Blow a Scoop     Splice Today, Robert Stacy McCain  
      Y     Let McCain Be McCain     Commentary Magazine, Jennifer Rubin  
      Y     Bill Clinton: Don't 'Overly Parse'
McCain Request to Delay Debate  
  ABC News, Nitya Venkataraman  
      Y     Liberal PACs Ready Attack'
Ad on McCain’s Health  
  The New York Times, Jim Rutenberg  
      Y     Financial Crisis Upends Campaign     Wall Street Journal, Laura Meckler  
      Y     O Stumps As John Trumps     New York Post, Dick Morris & Eileen McGann  
      Y     A Presidential McCain     Weekly Standard, William Kristol  
      Y     Judgment Day     Townhall, Cal Thomas  

From John McCain's Acceptance Speech

I've been an imperfect servant of my country for many years. But I have been her servant first, last and always. And I've never lived a day, in good times or bad, that I didn't thank God for the privilege.

Long ago, something unusual happened to me that taught me the most valuable lesson of my life. I was blessed by misfortune. I mean that sincerely. I was blessed because I served in the company of heroes, and I witnessed a thousand acts of courage, compassion and love.

On an October morning, in the Gulf of Tonkin, I prepared for my 23rd mission over North Vietnam. I hadn't any worry I wouldn't come back safe and sound. I tthought I was tougher than anyone. I was pretty independent then, too. I liked to bend a few rules, and pick a few fights for the fun of it. But I did it for my own pleasure, my own pride. I didn't think there was a cause more important than me.

Then I found myself falling toward the middle of a small lake in the city of Hanoi, with two broken arms, a broken leg, and an angry crowd waiting to greet me. I was dumped in a dark cell, and left to die. I didn't feel so tough anymore. When they discovered my father was an admiral, they took me to a hospital. They couldn't set my bones properly, so they just slapped a cast on me. When I didn't get better, and was down to about a hundred pounds, they put me in a cell with two other Americans. I couldn't do anything. I couldn't even feed myself. They did it for me. I was beginning to learn the limits of my selfish independence. Those men saved my life.

I was in solitary confinement when my captors offered to release me. I knew why. If I went home, they would use it as propaganda to demoralize my fellow prisoners. Our code said we could only go home in the order of our capture, and there were men who had been shot down before me. I thought about it, though. I wasn't in great shape, and I missed everything about America. But I turned it down.

A lot of prisoners had it worse than I did. I'd been mistreated before, but not as badly as others. I always liked to strut a little after I'd been roughed up to show the other guys I was tough enough to take it. But after I turned down their offer, they worked me over harder than they ever had before. For a long time. And they broke me.

When they brought me back to my cell, I was hurt and ashamed, and I didn't know how I could face my fellow prisoners. The good man in the cell next door, my friend Bob Craner, saved me. Through taps on a wall he told me I had fought as hard as I could. No man can always stand alone. And then he told me to get back up and fight again for our country and for the men I had the honor to serve with. Because every day they fought for me.

I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else's. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency; for its faith in the wisdom, justice and goodness of its people. I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for. I was never the same again. I wasn't my own man anymore. I was my country's.

I'm not running for president because I think I'm blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need. My country saved me. My country saved me, and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her for as long as I draw breath, so help me God.

If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you're disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our armed forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.

I'm going to fight for my cause every day as your president. I'm going to fight to make sure every American has every reason to thank God, as I thank him: that I'm an American, a proud citizen of the greatest country on Earth, and with hard work, strong faith and a little courage, great things are always within our reach. Fight with me. Fight with me.

Fight for what's right for our country.

Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children's future.

Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.

Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We're Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.

Thank you, and God bless you.

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