'It's time for us to show the world again how Americans lead'

John McCain, in his Sept. 4 speech accepting the 2008 presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

John McCain, in his Sept. 4 speech accepting the 2008 presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.:

" . . . My fellow Americans, when I'm president, we're going to embark on the most ambitious national project in decades. We're going to stop sending $700 million a year to countries that don't like us very much . . .

"We'll attack the problem on every front. We'll produce more energy at home. We'll drill new wells offshore, and we'll drill them now. We'll drill them now.

"My friends, we'll build more nuclear power plants. We'll develop clean-coal technology. We'll increase the use of wind, tide, solar and natural gas. We'll encourage the development and use of flex-fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles.

"Sen. [Barack] Obama thinks we can achieve energy independence without more drilling and without more nuclear power. But Americans know better than that.

"We must use all resources and develop all technologies necessary to rescue our economy from the damage caused by rising oil prices and restore the health of our planet.

"My friends, it's an ambitious plan, but Americans are ambitious by nature and we've faced greater challenges. It's time for us to show the world again how Americans lead.

"This great national cause will create millions of new jobs, many in industries that will be the engine of our future prosperity, jobs that will be there when your children enter the workforce."

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