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RNC Backstage Pass: Listening to McCain

  Crowd members wave signs of "Service" for GOP nominee Sen. John McCain at the Republican National

Crowd members wave signs of "Service" for GOP nominee Sen. John McCain at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul, Minn. Rolando Arrieta, NPR hide caption

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... Nearing the end of John McCain's speech.

Right now, I feel privileged to have been here to see it, and indeed privileged to have heard both his and Barack Obama's speech.

This one is as remarkable in its own way — gracious, tough, leaving nothing on the table.

There are not so many tears here, there were moments of near silence, which is a remarkable thing in a hall of 20,000 people. There are many lumps in the throat as a room full of men used to holding things in heard their truth spoken out loud.

Both men (Obama and McCain) called this country and its people to its best self — something grander and more remarkable than we might even imagine. They have very different visions about how to get there, but in the end they both offer a call to decency, a call to service, a call to put others above self.

Will we listen? ... And to whom?



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Sent by Josh | 2:38 PM | 9-5-2008

While listening to your show today I caught the promo on tomorrow's (Friday's) program about the lies being spread in campaign ads. On the Obama side of that equation you teased us with his assertion that McCain is computer illiterate. You hopefully are aware this is in not a lie but based on McCain's own statement from the campaign trail ( But your teaser would lead the casual listener who may not catch tomorrow's program to believe that the statement is part of the lies being thrown about.

The other part of your teaser asked "..and does anyone care?" On that point computer communications and infrastructure is vital to how the world now works. And even in the arena of foreign policy, where John McCain likes to tout his credentials, computers play an increasing roll as cyber attacks now often pave the way to physical operations. The chief executive will need to understand the basics of the cyber world enough that he can make key decisions that hinge on it. Thus John McCain's self professed ignorance of even the most simple computer usage is a liability for the office he aspires to.

Sent by Rob Caswell | 1:14 PM | 9-18-2008