From the Convention – Day 3

Here’s the latest from Darla & Karen, still keeping up with the RNC Convention in St. Paul:

What an amazing night! We had the privilege of watching as Sarah Palin accepted the Republican National Committee’s vice presidential nomination. The arena (the Minnesotans affectionately refer to it as “The House That Norm Built”) was packed tonight. Everyone was filled with excitement as we anticipated Sarah Palin’s speech. 

We heard from a number of speakers including Michael Steele, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. Former Governor Mike Huckabee spoke on behalf of John McCain and pointed out that John McCain understands the importance of protecting human life from conception until natural death.

At long last, pro-life Governor Sarah Palin made her entrance. She was poised and confident as she took the stage. 

Sarah Palin introduced her family to us: her children, her husband Todd, and her parents. She talked about her youngest son, Trig, who was born with Down Syndrome in April.

She shared,

“…in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.

“That’s how it is with us.We were moved, some of us to tears, as she shared this message.  Some research journals and magazines report that approximately 90 percent of babies diagnosed in the womb with Down Syndrome are aborted.

“Our family has the same ups and downs as any other … the same challenges and the same joys.

“Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.

“And children with special needs inspire a special love.

“To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.

“I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.”

 Did we mention the place was packed and the only open seats were in the media section? The media sat stone-faced throughout her speech, especially when she pointed directly at them and said, “…here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.” She was bold and to the point and confronted them head on.  Those of us sitting in the media section who supported her stood out as we had a difficult time containing our laughter at this point.

At times we laughed and other times we cried as she shared her message. It is evident to those who were there that Governor Sarah Palin will bring much energy to the campain over the next nine weeks.

At the end of the evening to the delight of the crowd, Senator John McCain joined Sarah Palin on stage.

Following the speeches and entertainment, the delegates officially unanimously nominated John McCain as the Republican nominee for U.S. President.

More tomorrow as Senator John McCain accepts his party’s nomination.

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