Local Politics

Local supporters gather to watch McCain speech

Posted September 4, 2008 10:43 p.m. EDT
Updated September 5, 2008 12:09 a.m. EDT

— 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.