September 5th, 2008
08:15 AM ET
15 years ago

McCain: I work for you

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. McCain said Thursday that the 'do-nothing' Washington crowd is in for a change."]
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - John McCain accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday night "with gratitude, humility and confidence" as thousands of delegates chanted his name.

"Let there be no doubt, my friends, we're going to win this election," he said.

In a speech before a giant screen showing an American flag waving against a blue background, McCain promised to put the people first.

"I understand who I work for. I don't work for a party. I don't work for a special interest. I don't work for myself. I work for you," he said, to cheers from the crowd.

McCain portrayed himself as a fighter, saying he had fought corruption and big spenders, regardless of which party they came from.

"I've fought to get million dollar checks out of our elections. I've fought lobbyists who stole from Indian tribes. I fought crooked deals in the Pentagon. I fought tobacco companies and trial lawyers, drug companies and union bosses."

But, he said, he had learned through a lifetime of fighting "it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test."

"I fight for Americans. I fight for you," he said.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Shrill for Hill

    "I work for you" – McBush wasn't speaking to America, he was speaking to the Kool-Aid drinking repugs in the room with him.

    September 5, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Stevik

    Out with the old, in with the new!

    September 5, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. William Spivey

    "My Friends" do we really need this idiot?

    September 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. No Hill then McCain

    You got my vote!

    September 5, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |

    Breaking News.. Jobless rate just went up by thousands. Work for me? Yeah right McCain. You are a liar.

    September 5, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Doug in Seattle

    The McCain/Palin campaign jet is made in Brazil. Obama/Biden uses a Boeing 757 – made in the USA. Fitting, given McCain's understanding of economics.

    September 5, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. j

    i already have obama working for me sorry

    September 5, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Jeff

    Well, however you work for needs to come up with some ORIGINAL ideas, because you don't seem to have any.

    September 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. james , fla

    This is a joke. John Mccain will continue to work for those that President Bush works for. I really don't believe that he can do anything different that Bush because he believes the same things that Bush does. He hasn't mentioned his solution to the economic crisis this country faces. There are serious social issues still facing this country that divide us and the Republicans want to keep it that way. They attack Obama on character issues and on his patriotism and on all things of being a community organzier. Pastors and PTA moms are community organziers and Gov. Palin and others have made light of this public service. Obama and Biden and the democratic party have morals and they stay away from talkin about the families of their rivals, while the Republicans continue to bash Michelle Obama.

    September 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. All the Kings Horses and All the Kings Men Couldn't Put Fallen Little Miss Ice Chip Together Again!

    I wouldn't hire you if you were the only applicant.

    September 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Darryl Miller

    1.2 million homes in foreclosure

    This does not effect the McCains, He said his family feels your pain?????

    September 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Rich

    Well I'm glad you will work for me but how about those who have no jobs?

    September 5, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Linda31

    After 26 years, NOW he will fight for me???? Too little too late!

    September 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Yinka

    You fight for the same old crew that you have been working for for the last couple of decades. Change (sen. Obama) is coming. If you work for me, then support Sen Obama

    September 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Hip

    I am Impressed with John McCain. He claims to work for me! Oddly enough though, I am one of the millions who have lost their job under the Bush administration. Funny that John McCain works for me, since I don't work. Hmmm. I actually believe this one! VOTE OBAMA! VOTE CHANGE! VOTE JOBS! VOTE AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS!

    September 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. Republican for Obama, Winter Park, FL

    Experience is highly overrated; look where "experience" has gotten us for the last eight years...

    September 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Frank

    McCain is the ONLY candidate running in this election that can bring Chage to our system. He straight out said that we will know the names of those lawmakers who choose to add pork barrel spending to bills. That is HUGE! And the Democrats are shaking in their sandals! Take your blinders off Obama backers! See the light of truth! Barak is demanding the presidency. John McCain has chosen to earn it!

    September 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. D&D

    That looked like Obama's line speech when he said "this election has never been about me, it's about YOU".
    He just kind of twisted words, huh!

    September 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Annette

    If McCain was sincere he would have said, I have worked for you and I am working for you and for us all. So for the 25 + years who were you working for? There are millions that have given their lives to serve in our military and thousands captured as POWs, so fight? who are you fighting?

    September 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. Luis

    Ya'll hear that sucking sound............everytime one of these Left Wingers opens their mouth, they subtract from the sum of human intelligence...................
    I am still waiting for one of you to point out what makes the Messiah qualified to be POTUS. And smoke and mirrors, diversionary tactics or regurgitated CNN, Main Stream Media sound bites. I won't hold my breath..........and remember, we are talking about your boy, not Bush, McCain, it?

    September 5, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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