NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) - Sen. John McCain will portray himself as the candidate of "right change" during his remarks Tuesday night as Sen. Barack Obama moves closer to the Democratic nomination and the right to challenge McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, in November.
"This is, indeed, a change election," McCain will say, according to excerpts of his remarks provided to CNN. "No matter who wins this election, the direction of this country is going to change dramatically. But, the choice is between the right change and the wrong change; between going forward and going
"The right change recognizes that many of the policies and institutions of our government have failed. They have failed to keep up with the challenges of our time because many of these policies were designed for the problems and opportunities of the mid to late 20th Century, before the end of the Cold War; before the revolution in information technology and rise of the global economy," he will say.
In his remarks, McCain will call for "widespread and innovative reforms" in health care, energy, the environment, taxes, public education, transportation, disaster relief, regulation, diplomacy and military and intelligence services.
The Arizona Republican will also reject Democratic strategy to tie him to President Bush - noting his opposition to Bush's initial policies in Iraq, energy policy and climate change policy - and strike a blow at Obama's short time in the public spotlight.
"The American people didn't get to know me yesterday, as they are just getting to know Senator Obama," he will say. "They know I have a long record of bipartisan problem solving. They've seen me put our country before any president, before any party, before any special interest - before my own interest."
McCain will also accuse Obama of not taking "the hard but right course of risking his own interests for yours; of standing against the partisan rancor on his side to stand up for our country."
"He is an impressive man, who makes a great first impression," he will say. "But he hasn't been willing to make the tough calls; to challenge his party; to risk criticism from his supporters to bring real change to Washington. I have."
Finally, McCain will call for Republicans and Democrats to work together "as we did in the weeks after September 11th," saying it "is the kind of change we need right now."
"Pundits and party elders have declared that Senator Obama will be my opponent," McCain . "He will be a formidable one. But I'm ready for the challenge and determined to run this race in a way that does credit to our campaign and to the proud, decent and patriotic people I ask to lead."