This speech was Sarah Palin’s introduction to the national spotlight:

As John McCain’s running mate, Palin joined McCain in describing herself as a “maverick.” Her speech appeals to the value of patriotism, presents McCain as an American hero, thereby adding to her own ethos, and argues that McCain will be a better president than Obama due to his experience. Reception of this speech was very positive. That rhetorical skill and positive reception of Palin would not last.

The New York Times has an interactive video and transcript of this speech.

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