McCain prepares for his big night

September 4, 2008 8:57:41 PM PDT
It is a strategy we have come to expect in presidential campaigns -- the top of the ticket takes the high road, leaving the vice presidential nominee to stay on the attack. And this seems to be the roles Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and his running mate Sen. Sarah Palin will play in the final eight weeks of the campaign.

At a lunch in her honor Cindy McCain Thursday told 1,500 delegates she is proud of her husband's choice of Palin.

"She's a wonderful match for my husband in this job; she's reform-minded, she's tough, she's tenacious, she takes on the establishment," she said.

Wednesday night Palin took on Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, much to the delight of the delegates.

"I thought a pretty good line was 'I guess mayors and community organizers are kind of alike, except mayors have real responsibilities,'" former California Governor Pete Wilson said.

It was red meat for the crowd, but Cindy McCain indicated Thursday the mood will soften considerably.

"Every time I look at him stand on a stage and I see people look at him with tears in their eyes and hope in their heart, I can't tell you what it means to me," she said.

McCain said her husband will work to bring the country together and the nation needs him.

"He understands what it means to send young men and women into combat and more importantly, how to bring them home with honor and dignity and in victory," she said.

From Cindy McCain's remarks, it is expected her husband will talk about his vision for the war. The campaign said he will talk about changing the culture in Washington and promoting bipartisan cooperation.

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