[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/04/art.ridge0904.gi.jpg caption="Ridge toured the convention stage in anticipation of his speech to the GOP convention Thursday night."]
The Republican National Committee has released excerpts of the remarks, as prepared for delivery, of former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge:
"I speak to you about a warrior who has sometimes stood alone ... and always shown the way ... in fighting for the most vulnerable of our citizens, for the country he so dearly loves and for the founding principles we all so deeply cherish."
"Where some people see adversity, John McCain accepts a challenge. Where some people see a crisis, John McCain creates an opportunity. Where some people see defeat, John McCain insists on victory. John knows – the purpose of elections is not merely to win. You run to win... but you win to govern."
"I am so very proud to say, 'That is my friend, John McCain.' The next president of the United States. The next commander-in-chief. Ready to lead. Ready to serve. Ready to deliver.