The Huffington Post provides a video and transcript of Ariz. Sen. John McCain’s speech at the RNC. McCain accepted the party’s nomination while elaborating on the need for federal government reform and emphasizing his military and political background.
According to The Houston Chronicle, McCain “walked a fine line” between many of his own policies and those of the current administration. McCain had to balance moving away from the current administration while reconciling the economic and military policies he shares with President Bush. McCain also had to justify moving away from the party platform on issues including immigration and campaign finance reform. According to the Chronicle, McCain spent the night, “portraying himself as both a can-do conservative with deep principles and a pragmatist flexible enough to get things done."