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Sen. McCain’s Acceptance Speech @ RNC – Sept. 4, 2008

What a difference a week makes. As big a deal as Barack Obama’s acceptance speech was last week, the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as Sen. McCain’s running mate has dominated the news cycle. From the news that her 17 year old daughter is 5 months pregnant, to coverage of the ‘troopergate’ scandal, and what Gov. Palin’s role might have been in the Alaska Independence Party, the introduction of the Republican VP candidate has piqued the public’s interest. More than 37 million viewers watched Gov. Palin give her acceptance speech last night- just a million fewer than watched Obama the week before. In case you missed it, here are some highlights:

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Of course, the top of the ticket, Sen. John McCain, accepted his party’s nomination tonight. Here is a video copy of the speech:

You can also find the interactive video/transcript on the New York Times page. For this blog entry, outline what you think was the most important argument laid out by Sen. McCain, why you think it is so important, how you think Sen. Obama could respond, and what audience Sen. McCain was speaking to with that argument (not just the general audience- what group of voters would he expect to find that argument appealing). Finally, how effective was the speech, and why?