John McCain’s speech tonight, acknowledging that he had won enough delegates to clinch the GOP nomination, convinced me that I made the right choice last month when I voted for him in the California primary. Impressed as I was with the speech I have been trying to find a transcript of his speech on-line and have not as yet found it.
For now, I’ll say I was delighted that he led off on the war on terror, contrasting his commitment to defeating the Islamofascists who threaten our freedom and our civilization with the ambiguous language of either of the two Democrats who could emerge as his rival in the fall campaign. When he mentioned Iraq, he said that we can’t refight the battles of the pass and pointed out that he had been pushing to changed “failed tactics,” noting that he had tried to change those tactics which had been “delayed for too long.”
I wish I had not been folding my laundry when the Senator started speaking. Otherwise, I would have transcribed (to the best of my ability) some parts of his speech.
By leading off with his commitment to fighting Islamofascism and reminding us of the stakes in Iraq, John McCain reassures that on the most important issue of the day, he recognizes its significance, is ready to lead and defend our great nation.
I hope to get a copy of the speech so I can quote it at liberty — and more accurately. That said, it was a great speech and a reminder that John McCain will be a strong nominee, standing for victory against those who would murder civilians and seek to destroy our civilization.
UPDATE: Just found a portion of the speech on the Corner.
On not wanting to re-fight arguments of the past
Our campaign must be, and will be more than another tired debate of false promises, empty sound-bites, or useless arguments from the past that address not a single American’s concerns for their family’s security. . . . But we are also expected to concentrate our efforts on the challenges that will confront America on our watch and explain how we intend to address them. . . . It is of little use to Americans for their candidates to avoid the many complex challenges of these struggles by re-litigating decisions of the past.
He pointed out that we’re at war in two nations. Here’s the link which so moved me when I watched in live on FoxNews:
I will defend the decision to destroy Saddam Hussein’s regime as I criticized the failed tactics that were employed for too long to establish the conditions that will allow us to leave that country with our country’s interests secure and our honor intact. But Americans know that the next President doesn’t get to re-make that decision. We are in Iraq and our most vital security interests are clearly involved there.
Emphasis added. Just read the whole thing, you’ll see that John McCain understands the stakes of our involvement in Iraq.
UP-UPDATE: Here’s more of McCain’s speech on National Review’s Campaign Spot. I trust you’ll agree with me, it was a good speech.