McCain’s Latest and Best Speech

First unveiled yesterday, McCain’s new stump speech is a work of genius. You can read it and see it for yourself here. Or read a more complete version at the end of this post.

This speech might really turn the tides in this election, (or maybe I just hope it will), and it is well worth a read. For those who want the spark notes version, here’re the best quotes.

“We face many enemies in this dangerous world, and they are waiting to see if our current troubles will permanently weaken us.”

“I have a plan to protect your home so…if your neighbor defaults he doesn’t bring down the value of your house with him.”

“I have a plan to hold the line on taxes and cut them to make America more competitive and create jobs here at home.”

“If I’m elected President, I won’t spend nearly a trillion dollars more of your money, on top of the $700 billion we just gave the Treasury Secretary, as Senator Obama proposes. Because he can’t do that without raising your taxes or digging us further into debt. I’m going to make government live on a budget just like you do.”

“I won’t fine small businesses and families with children, as Senator Obama proposes, to force them into a new huge government run health care program, while I keep the cost of the fine a secret until I hit you with it.”

 “If I’m elected President, I won’t raise taxes on small businesses, as Senator Obama proposes, and force them to cut jobs. I will keep small business taxes where they are, help them keep their costs low, and let them spend their earnings to create more jobs.”

“And I’ll make sure we help workers who’ve lost a job that won’t come back to find a new one that won’t go away.”

“You know, the last president to do what Senator Obama wants to do, raise taxes and restirct trade in a bad economy, was Herbert Hoover. That didn’t turn out too well.”

“Let me give you the state of the race today. We have 22 days to go. We’re 6 points down. The national media has written us off. Senator Obama is measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections, and concede defeat in Iraq. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.”

“Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.”

The Whole Speech (This is a FULL transcript, recorded by yours truly)-

Transcript of Speech By John McCain in Virginia Beach, VA

ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain said the following at the McCain-Palin 2008 rally in Virginia Beach, VA:

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Isn’t this a great vice president of the United States, Sarah Palin, and aren’t you glad to be with her. My friends, I can hardly wait to introduce her to Washington DC and the people who will know that times are going to be different and change is coming, and change is coming. Thank you

Hank Williams Junior thank you for the highlight of the program, thank you so much for being- very grateful. Two of my old dear and good friends George Allen and John Warner are here today, thank you both George and John for your service.

My son Doug McCain who lives here at the beach and may I remind you that many years ago as a fresh young pilot out of pilot training this was my first duty station and it’s almost like coming home and I’m so glad to be back here. In the great honor of my life to be able to serve my country in good times and in bad and I will always look back on those who I knew in my service in the military as those who I knew best and loved most and I’m grateful to be back and thank you for such a huge turnout here today, we are very grateful.

Three weeks from now, you will choose a new President. Choose well. There is much at stake, my friends. I’ve got to give you some straight talk. What you know.

These are hard times, these are hard times my friends. Our economy is in crisis. Financial markets are collapsing. Credit is drying up. Your savings are in danger and your retirement is at risk. Jobs are disappearing. The cost of health care, your children’s college, gasoline and groceries are rising all the time with no end in sight. While your most important asset — your home — is losing value every day.

Americans are fighting in two wars. We face many enemies in this dangerous world, and they are waiting to see if our current troubles will permanently weaken us.

The next President won’t have time to get used to the office. He won’t have, he won’t have the luxury of studying up on the issues before he acts. He will have to act immediately. And to do that, he will need experience, courage, judgment and a bold plan of action to take this country in a new direction. We, we cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: waiting for our luck to change. The hour is late; our troubles are getting worse; our enemies watch. We have to act immediately. We have to change direction now, and we have to fight. And you and I know how to do that.

I’ve been fighting for this country since I was seventeen years old, and I have the scars to prove it. If I’m elected President, if you elect me president, I will fight to take America in a new direction from my first day in office until my last. I’m not afraid of the fight, I’m ready for it.

I’m not going, I’m not going to spend $700 billion dollars of your money just bailing out the Wall Street bankers and brokers who got us into this mess. I’m going to make sure we take care of the people who were devastated by the excesses of Wall Street and Washington. My friends, I’m going to spend a lot of that money to bring relief to you, and I’m not going to wait sixty days to start doing it.

I have a plan to protect the value of your home and get it rising again by buying up bad mortgages and refinancing them so if your neighbor defaults he doesn’t bring down the value of your house with him.

I have a plan to let retirees and people nearing retirement keep their money in their retirement accounts longer so they can rebuild their savings.

I have a plan to rebuild the retirement savings of every worker.

I have a plan to hold the line on taxes and cut them to make America more competitive and create jobs here at home.

Raising taxes makes a bad economy much worse. Keeping taxes low creates jobs, keeps money in your hands and strengthens our economy.

My friends, the explosion of government spending over the last eight years has put us deeper in debt to foreign countries that don’t have our best interests at heart. It weakened the dollar and made everything you buy more expensive.

If I’m elected President, I won’t spend nearly a trillion dollars more of your money, on top of the $700 billion we just gave the Treasury Secretary, as Senator Obama proposes. Because he can’t, he can’t spend that much without raising your taxes or digging us further into debt. I’m going to make government live on a budget just like you do.

I’ll freeze government spending on all but the most important programs like defense, veterans care, Social Security and health care until we scrub every single government program and get rid of the ones that aren’t working for the American people. I will veto every single pork barrel bill Congress passes. I will make them famous and know their names.

If I’m elected President, I won’t fine small businesses and families with children, as Senator Obama proposes, to force them into a new huge government run health care program, while I keep the cost of the fine a secret until I hit you with it. I will bring down the skyrocketing cost of health care with competition and choice to lower your premiums, make it more available to more Americans. I’ll make sure you can keep the same health plan if you change jobs or leave a job to stay home.

I will provide every single American family with a $5000 refundable tax credit to help them purchase insurance. Workers who already have health care insurance from their employers will keep it and have more money to cover costs. Workers who don’t and workers who don’t have health insurance can use it to find a policy anywhere in this country to meet their basic needs.

My friends, if I’m elected President, I won’t raise taxes on small businesses, as Senator Obama proposes, and force them to cut jobs. I will keep small business taxes taxes where they are, help them keep their costs low, and let them spend their earnings to create more jobs in America.

If I’m elected President, I won’t make it harder to sell our goods overseas and kill more jobs as Senator Obama proposes. I will open new markets to goods made in America and make sure our trade is free and fair. And I’ll make sure we help workers who’ve lost a job that won’t come back to find a new one that won’t go away.

You know, the last president to do what Senator Obama wants to do, raise taxes and restrict trade in a bad economy, was Herbert Hoover. That didn’t turn out too well. They say those who don’t learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. Well, my friends, I know my history lessons, and I sure won’t make the mistakes that Senator Obama will.

If I’m elected President, we’re going to stop sending 700 billion dollars to countries that don’t like us very much. I won’t argue to delay drilling for more oil and gas and building new nuclear power plants in America, as Senator Obama does. We will start new drilling now. And we will invest, we’ll invest in all energy alternatives — nuclear, wind, tide, solar. We will encourage the manufacture of hybrid, flex fuel and electric automobiles. We will invest in clean coal technology. We will lower the cost of energy within months; we will create millions of new jobs. By the way, next time Senator Obama tells you that nuclear power has to be made safe and environmentally- take him over to see one of our navy ships with nuclear power plants on them. And ask, ask the men and women who served proudly on those nuclear powered ships defending freedom all over the world.

Now my friends, Let me give you the state of the race today and some straight talk. We have 22 days to go. We’re 6 points down. The national media has written us off. Senator Obama is measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections, and concede defeat in Iraq and. Our troops-My friends, I won’t concede defeat; I’ll bring our troops home with victory and with honor. My friends But you know, you know what they forgot, they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.

What America needs in this hour is a fighter; someone who puts all his cards on the table and trusts the judgment of the American people. I come, I come, I come proudly, from a long line of McCains who believed that to love America is to fight for her. I have I’ve I have fought for you most of my life. There are other ways to love this country, but I’ve never been the kind to do it from the sidelines.

I know you’re worried. America is a great country, but we are at a moment of national crisis that will determine our future. Will we continue to lead the world’s economies or will we be overtaken? Will the world become safer or more dangerous? Will our military remain the strongest in the world? Will our children and grandchildren’s future be brighter than ours?

My answer to you is yes. Yes, we will lead. Yes, we will prosper. Yes, we will be safer.

Yes, we will pass on to our children a better stronger country. But we must be prepared to act swiftly, boldly, with courage with wisdom.

I know, I know what fear feels like. It’s a thief in the night who robs your strength.

I know what hopelessness feels like. It’s an enemy who defeats your will.

I felt those things once before. I will never let them in again. I’m an American.

And I choose to fight.

Don’t give up hope. Be strong. Have courage. And fight.

Fight for a new direction for our country.

Fight for what’s right for America.

Fight to clean up the mess of corruption, infighting and selfishness in Washington.

Fight to get our economy out of the ditch and back in the lead.

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, stand up, and fight. America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.

Now, let’s go win this election and get this country moving again. Thank you and God bless you and God bless America.

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3 Responses to McCain’s Latest and Best Speech

  1. Allen Taylor says:

    Nice writing. You are on my RSS reader now so I can read more from you down the road.

    Allen Taylor

  2. He needs to use that speech from here on out. I’ve seen the highlights on T.V. and it definately get me fired up. Get get em McCain

  3. Clyde says:

    i was on campus today. the student copies of the nyt was there. i grabbed one. felt dirty. just cranky reading it. the bias towards obama just drips off the page.

    i wonder how much press mccain will get with this new approach – or if they will try to run out the clock by ignoring it.

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