McCain Says He's the Candidate of Change, Not Obama

The Republican nominee pledged to bring a new era of reform and bipartisanship to Washington.

Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain walks on stage during day four of the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

''We need to change the way government does almost everything,'' McCain said.


The McCain campaign and the national Republican Party plan a huge advertising blitz in battleground states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, and Colorado, attacking Obama's credentials and promoting McCain as the only leader who can "keep us safe."

McCain didn't generate the same fiery enthusiasm as Palin when she gave her acceptance speech earlier this week. Palin immediately became a darling of the conservatives who constitute a large part of the delegations at the convention, many of whom have disagreed with McCain on issues in the past. But on Thursday night, all seemed to be forgiven, at least for a few hours.

Thousand of delegates, many waving blue and white "McCain-Palin" and "Country First" signs, repeatedly interrupted his remarks with cheers and applause.

At the start of his speech, hecklers interrupted him three times but they were drowned out by noisy chants of "USA" before being escorted out of the hall.