LEBANON, Ohio - Thousands of loud and energized supporters crowded the streets and brick-paved sidewalks of this small southwestern Ohio city Tuesday morning to cheer for a presidential candidate and his running mate who promised to bring change and to shake things up in Washington.
Republican candidate John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke from a raised platform before a crowd estimated at more than 5,000 people, many of whom were dressed in raincoats for the off-and-on morning drizzle.
Continuing a theme that began with the mornings introductory speakers, both of them went on the offensive against Democratic opponent Barack Obama, criticizing him on a range of issues, including his opposition to off-short oil drilling, his early opposition to the surge strategy in Iraq, and for so-called pork barrel spending projects.
In politics there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then there are leaders like John McCain who use their careers to actually promote change, Mrs. Palin said.
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