Change, says John McCain, will be the hallmark of his administration if he is elected President of the United States. The Republican nominee pledged to create millions of jobs centred around an energy boom.
Sweeping reform was the theme of his speech. “Let me offer an advance warning to the old, big spending, do-nothing, me-first, country-second Washington crowd: change is coming,” he said.
A handful of anti-war protesters were swiftly dealt with, their dissenting banners quickly torn down. Enraptured, American flag-waving supporters were not going to let anyone spoil the party.
McCain promised to bring Democrats and Independents into his government.
“Again and again, I have worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed,” he said.
“That is how I will govern as president. I will reach out my hand to anyone to help me get this country moving again. I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not.”
But some things never change. Confetti and balloons rained down in time-honoured fashion as the party faithful danced in the aisles.
McCain’s rival Barack Obama has also talked of change, but notably absent from McCain’s 48 minute address was the kind of vitriol usually heaped on political opponents on such occasions.