Opinion: John McCain in the spotlight: Can he outshine Sarah Palin?
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With his pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain unquestionably shored up his standing with the Republican base -- any doubt about that was removed by the unbridled enthusiasm she sparked among GOP conventioneers Wednesday night.
Now, McCain faces a new challenge: Delivering a nomination acceptance speech this evening that generates as much buzz as Palin’s did.
He will benefit from low expectations; traditional oratory never has been his forte. And the set at the convention hall in St.Paul is being redesigned to simulate the town-hall milieu in which he is more comfortable.
McCain takes center stage shortly after 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT), following the showing of a video about him.
Here’s the list of other speakers for the conclave’s last night:
8 p.m. EDT: Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida, former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.
9 p.m. EDT: Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (one of McCain’s best buddies).
-- Don Frederick