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Sen. John McCain practices the speech he planned to deliver later Thursday accepting the Republican nomination for president. His speech kicked off the fall campaign against Democrat Barack Obama. To his right is his wife, Cindy.

McCain vows to shake up Washington

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ST. PAUL -- Prisoner of war-turned-presidential candidate John McCain promises to change Washington by getting along with the opposition, reforming government and, in general, putting the country first.


The maverick politician showed both his quiet and his tough sides Thursday night in accepting the Republican presidential nomination.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.