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Voters' Views: Philip Craig Leiter

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.

Philip Craig Leiter Student

Sarah Palin's speech was inspiring

Philip Craig Leiter
Age: 18
Lives: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Occupation: Student
Last election voted:
Too young to vote
In 10 words or fewer: Realist, cosmopolitan, progressive, content

"John McCain's speech firmly established in people's minds that this is a man we can trust.

He might even change Washington politics forever - by working for the people and not just for his own ambitions.

But McCain's speech did not have as much of an impact as Sarah Palin's. Her words were inspiring. She connected with the small-town people in a way than no man could.

Fred Thompson made the Democrats look like they are only in office to fight for their own party's objectives. He gave the audience the feeling that it is the Republicans who put country first.

Senator Lieberman gave a wonderful speech on how Republicans and Democrats need to work together for the people.

My only concern is that people will continually say that if Obama is inexperienced, Sarah Palin is even more inexperienced. This is unfair. One is running for president, the other is not.

And there is one other problem. Palin will soon have to debate with Obama's running mate Joe Biden. He will blow Palin out of the political water. She may be a barracuda but now she will enter the pit fighting a renowned political hound dog."

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