New Orleans Speech:McCain outlines his vision for the future and proves that he is the real candidate for change
Bobby Jindal in his introductory speech was effusive in his praise of McCain.
In a wide-ranging and skilfully constructed speech tonight, John McCain outlined his blueprint for change. This would involve huge support for renewable energy, education reform, stringent curbs on wasteful expenditure, reduced taxes and a strong military. He would work with Republicans and Democrats alike to increase the prosperity of the country.
He opened by paying tribute to Hillary Clinton and made a strong play for disaffected Clinton voters. He skilfully outlined his differences with the Bush administration on the war in Iraq, federal spending, emergency aid and the environment.
He stressed that he believed in change for the future-the right type of change whereas Obama believed in the wrong type of change- a change to the failed policies of the past. He emphasized his determination to ruthlessly prune wasteful Government spending. He explained how he had opposed the Bush administration and Democrats on escalating federal expenditure. He strongly opposed Big Government; in contrast Obama continuously voted for ever increasing Government expenditure. Obama has the most liberal voting record of any senator in the country.
He explained how Obama would increase taxes on the old, those who invest in the stock market and on families.
McCain outlined how he had put the country before party whereas Obama had failed to take on special interests within the Democratic Party. McCain had opposed corruption in both parties.
He outlined the dangers posed by Obama's lack of foreign policy experience. He described how Obama had voted to deny funds to the soldiers in Iraq. How he had failed to travel to Iraq. He stated that the course advocated by Obama would draw the US into a wider war. He criticised Obama’s promises to row back on free trade. Such a misguided policy would not restore lost jobs. It was pointless offering false hope to workers.