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Local supporters gather to watch McCain speech

Posted September 4, 2008
Updated September 5, 2008

— Sen. John McCain supporters gathered at the Raleighwood Theater in Raleigh Thursday night to watch the Arizona Senator official accept the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.

McCain supporter William Lawson said the party has done a great job on the convention itself.

"I think they’ve done a good job. It’s clearly a media extravaganza and they’ve put a lot of effort into the production,” Lawson said.

Those attending the gathering said McCain had a lot to live up to after vice presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s speech Wednesday night.

“She just soared above them and gave a great speech,” McCain supporter Brent Woodcox said.

Supporters cheered during McCain’s address which started shortly before 10 p.m. He vowed in his speech to vanquish the "constant partisan rancor" that grips Washington.

“John McCain is at the top of this ticket for a reason,” Woodcox said.


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  • trunkmonkee1971 Sep 5, 2008

    Obama's ego got in the way of common sense. He could have agreed to take the VP nod from Hillary and gained experience in that position for at least one term the rest would have been history. Instead he allowed outside pressure to dictate his every move and now......

  • Dr. Dataclerk Sep 5, 2008

    These people will be wasting their time and energy on a looser. Step back because the winner Obama is who they need to hear. A man with a challenge for America - Change. Of course J McCain is trying to steal that. Sad isn't it. Become a democrat today. By December you will be glad you did.

  • mrr03 Sep 5, 2008

    What real Republican really thinks Palin, a two year Governor from Alaska with total State population of less people that Raleigh is ready to be in charge of the most powerful nations on earth? It's really a Joke, McCain should have gone to the Washington zoo and picked a running mate, atleast then people would know the animal.

  • ifcdirector Sep 5, 2008

    “John McCain is at the top of this ticket for a reason,” Woodcox said.

    Because he is an internationalist, non-conservative who wants to give away billions of our tax dollars to foreign countries, and legalize millions of illegal alien criminals? There is not a whole lot of difference between him and Obama. My only hope is that Palin does not fall for this Trotskyite Neo-Con crusade to spread democracy on the American taxpayer's dime at the point of a gun the way Bush has fallen for it hook line and sinker. By the way. Work a little harder this week. Bush has just promised $1 Billion of your money to Georgia which is about the size of North Carolina and has zero entitlement to our money under the Constitution. It would be nice to hear McCain repudiate that and pledge to protect our borders as well but I haven't heard anything yet that distinguishes him distinctly over the other candidate on major issues.

  • IliveinwhackogopcontrolledNC Sep 5, 2008

    I agree with you 100% Revolutionary. And if you're not aware by now that he (McCain) was a POW, you're brain dead.

  • IliveinwhackogopcontrolledNC Sep 5, 2008

    I agree with you 100% Revolutionary

  • dnc0716 Sep 5, 2008

    Revolutionary- you better get your voucher then because McCain/Palin will be in office in 2009.

    Obama? Are you kidding me? Present voting? What is that? No executive experience, no leadership skills, a community organizer, can't make decisions. What is all that about? I feel very sorry for the working man (I am one) if Obama gets in office. Not only will I have more taxes imposed to support lazy, porch-sitting people who draw welfare, I will not feel as safe with Obama. He can hardly make up his mind- I guess the only change we will have with Obama, is his mind changing!!

  • PaulRevere Sep 5, 2008

    revolutionary...are you sure you're not PDiddy in disguise? He said the exact same thing in his video blog, except he was spinning around and around and around with the video camera.

  • revolutionary Sep 5, 2008

    I feel like I am in a reality show. Are you people serious? I mean really... is Ashton making a comeback and punking the entire nation? This whole charade cannot be real. I just refuse to believe that there are this many ignorant, ill informed, mindless drones in this country. And if this guy finds a way to win then we should all be given vouchers to leave the country and try again in 2012... if we make it til then. Good grief! Sarah Palin? Are you kidding me? John McCain? Are you kidding me? If this is the best that the GOP can do then they need some serious time off to regroup.