Report from St. Paul: The Maverick Vision, Making History

By September 4, 2008General

(NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons is blogging from the Republican National Convention this week in St. Paul, Minn., following up on his reports from the Democratic Convention last week in Denver.)

The GOP nominee presented his case to the American people as he accepted the nomination this evening.

It was a convincing case indeed.

Senator McCain detailed why he loves his country so much and what shaped his desire to serve the United States. “My country saved me and I cannot forget it. I will fight for her as long as I can draw breath, so help me God, ” he declared. (Text.)

The were few dry eyes around me.

He articulated what he will work for if he is elected.

The Senator zeroed in on the biggest problem in Washington – partisanship  “The constant partisan rancor that stops us from solving these problems isn’t a cause, it’s a symptom. It’s what happens when people go to Washington to work for themselves and not you.”

He also spoke passionately about lower taxes (including lower corporate taxes), expanded international markets, quality private sector health care, worker training, higher education standards, expanded domestic energy supply (including drilling off-shore, new nuclear plants, clean coal and alternatives), and for the export of freedom and democracy around the world.

John McCain has laid it out before the people of America as his opponent did last week.

Now the campaign begins in earnest.

The American people are listening and they want, and should have, specifics from the candidates on their policy positions.  The decisions our leaders make impact the lives of real people in the real world every day. 

Senator McCain said it best: “It matters less that you can fight. What matters is what you fight for.”

We at the NAM will be watching this election closely and will provide critical information to manufacturers and the nearly 14 million manufacturing employees across the country so that they can make informed decisions in the voting booth.

Stay tuned in the weeks to come.

Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector.
Jay Timmons

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