Local Reaction from the Republican National Convention - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/3/08

Local Reaction from the Republican National Convention

Both Congressman Randy Neugebauer and Chris Winn say they were eager for Palin to accept the nomination, and they added, they have faith in McCain's choice and believe this is the ticket to change.

"We've had a number of the candidates that were in the primaries here, and some of the people here at this convention voted for some of those candidates, but (Wednesday night) we're all unified behind one presidential candidate, and that's Senator John McCain," Congressman Neugebauer said.

"This is going to be a ticket of change. People say that Washington needs to have a new look, and this is going to be a brand new look for Washington. I think it's going to be a good look because John McCain has a record of going against the grain, Sarah Palin has a record of going against the establishment and I think that's the kind of fresh look and fresh kind of administration that the American people are going to embrace. And I think they're going to embrace that in a big way.

"We need a leader who can point us in a direction forward, and (Palin) is a governor of a state that has the characteristics that I think are going to be the building block that John McCain, the next President of the United States, will guide our country," Winn said.

Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney took the stage before Palin, something Congressman Neugebauer says is a sign of the party's unity.

He also adds, the real campaigning begins after the convention wraps up, "Both parties now have a full team. They are now going to take (their) message all across America, and I think we have a strong message leaving this convention. I think we are very much unified. There is a lot of synergy and energy in this room (Wednesday night), and then it's just down to the hard work campaigning and making sure the right message is sent out to the American people and it's a message they understand and are confident with."

Again, McCain addresses the convention Thursday night live on NewsChannel 11. That broadcast starts at 9pm.

Both men also responded to questions about the controversy surrounding the announcement that Palin's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

Neugebauer and Winn say, it's a real world issue that many families across this nation and in West Texas face every day. They say, that will resonate with the average American family when they head to the polls.

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