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Voters' Views: Antoine Delaforterie

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.

Antoine Delaforterie Car designer

The speeches have been a litany of promises to the faithful with little in the way of substance

Antoine Delaforterie
Age: 47
Lives: Troy, Michigan
Occupation: Automotive designer
Last election voted:
In 10 words or fewer: Political misanthrope wishes humanity the best but tempered by reality

"The one thing evident of both conventions is that they are highly scripted and both teams have excellent speechwriters.

The speeches have been a litany of past accomplishments and promises to the faithful with little in the way of substance.

But I need meat - real substance. I'd like to ask both candidates what specific programs they would cut or curtail. A short list of cuts would go a long way in determining their zeal for reform and my level of support.

John McCain's speech shored up the party's base and probably persuaded a few people sitting on the fence to vote Republican.

Sarah Palin was impressive in her speaking ability, delivery and humour.

But really, I was amazed by the media's savaging of Mrs Palin. Why did we not see such in-depth profiling of Mr Biden?

The Democrats and liberals want to extend rights to enemy combatants reserved for citizens and lawful soldiers. Mr Guliani was right to say that such policies will give succour to the enemy - an enemy that has promised to destroy us for our ideals.

As a veteran, I'm all for the Geneva Convention and providing some humane treatment. But in warfare, such treatment demands the enemy do the same. Islamist militants don't abide by the rules."

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