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Voters' Views: Samantha Cramer

John McCain has accepted the Republican Party's nomination for the presidential election.

Here eight Republican voters look back at the convention and forward to November's poll.

Samantha Cramer Software engineer

I am confident for the first time in ages that our country may be heading towards happier times

Samantha Cramer
Age: 21
Lives: Manassas, Virginia
Occupation: Software engineer
Last election voted:
Too young to vote
In 10 words or fewer: Open-minded, inquisitive, speculative, passionate, optimistic

"John McCain did well to scale down the pomp of convention because of Hurricane Gustav.

He proved that he recognises the mistakes of the Bush administration by travelling to the affected area instead of hiding in Texas.

The key speeches ranged from lifeless to inspiring. As expected, the speeches made by Mr Bush and Mr Romney were especially painful to sit through.

Both speeches were laden with arrogance and far too informal for the occasion.

I was moved during John McCain's detailed accounts of his experiences in combat and his challenging experiences as a prisoner of war.

He made it clear that he placed country above party.

I greatly enjoyed Sarah Palin's speech. Hearing her speak was like watching an opera. Here was a small-town enigma braving adversity and hopeless odds to arrive in the middle of a historic election.

I am confident for the first time in ages that our country may be heading back towards happier times.

It seems that both parties finally recognise the obvious truth - that both Republicans and Democrats are flawed and will never be perfect. I trust I will see McCain and Palin give only their best if they are elected."

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