Wouldn’t it be awesome if he randomly blurted out, “VOTE FOR KERRY!”? :)
UPDATE: Nope. Just endorsed Bush. Oh, well.
P.S. And Cheney!
Notable quote: “We cannot avoid this war. We tried that, and our reluctance cost us dearly.”
P.P.S. HE’S BASHING MICHAEL MOORE! SWEET!!!
Moore is there, and is smiling and waving like an ass. Wow! The Republicans must have let him in just so they could do this to him. These people are brilliant!
What McCain said, after explaining why going to war in Iraq was the right choice, was: “Don’t let anyone tell you different, certainly not a disingenuous filmmaker…who would have you believe that Saddam’s Iraq was an oasis of peace.”
The crowd went nuts, of course.
That was awesome. I mean, hell, I want to vote for Bush right now.
P.P.P.S. Check that. I want to vote for McCain.
P.P.P.P.S. As Lieberman’s VP. :)
UPDATE: They’re talking about the Michael Moore thing over on Daily Kos. Apparently Moore is writing a column for USA Today from the convention floor. I look forward to reading it tomorrow, after that!
Here’s the full McCain quote:
After years of failed diplomacy and limited military pressure to restrain Saddam Hussein, President Bush made the difficult decision to liberate Iraq. Those who criticize that decision would have us believe that the choice was between a status quo that was well enough left alone and war. But there was no status quo to be left alone. The years of keeping Saddam in a box were coming to a close. The international consensus that he be kept isolated and unarmed had eroded to the point that many critics of military action had decided the time had come again to do business with Saddam, despite his near daily attacks on our pilots, and his refusal, until his last day in power, to allow the unrestricted inspection of his arsenal.
Our choice wasn’t between a benign status quo and the bloodshed of war. It was between war and a graver threat. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Not our critics abroad. Not our political opponents. And certainly not a disingenuous filmmaker who would have us believe that Saddam’s Iraq was an oasis of peace when in fact it was a place of indescribable cruelty, torture chambers, mass graves and prisons that destroyed the lives of the small children held inside their walls.
Whether or not Saddam possessed the terrible weapons he once had and used, freed from international pressure and the threat of military action, he would have acquired them again. The central security concern of our time is to keep such devastating weapons beyond the reach of terrorists who can’t be dissuaded from using them by the threat of mutual destruction. We couldn’t afford the risk posed by an unconstrained Saddam in these dangerous times. By destroying his regime, we gave hope to people long oppressed that if they have the courage to fight for it, they may live in peace and freedom.
Most importantly, our efforts may encourage the people of a region that has never known peace or freedom or lasting stability that they may someday possess these rights. I believe as strongly today as ever, the mission was necessary, achievable and noble. For his determination to undertake it, and for his unflagging resolve to see it through to a just end, President Bush deserves not only our support, but our admiration.