John McCain, perhaps as relieved as enthusiastic, continued today talking up his running mate's performance in Thursday night's one and only vice presidential debate.
"On Thursday night, millions of Americans got to see a little more of why I chose Sarah Palin to be my running mate," he said in his weekly radio address. "In her debate with Senator Joe Biden, she showed the intelligence, heart and grace under pressure that our nation's capital desperately needs. I couldn't be prouder of my choice, or more certain that she's the right person to help me shake things up in Washington. And there were moments when I almost felt a little sorry for my old friend, Joe."
At at a town hall meeting in Pueblo, Colo., on Friday, he drew cheers when he referred to her high school basketball nickname, "Viva la Barracuda!"
In his radio address, McCain also highlighted the financial rescue package he supported. "It took Congress a while, but a majority finally awakened to the danger. And by the week's end, with the unity that this crisis demands, Congress acted to restore stability to the American economy," he said.
But more needs to be done to get the economy on the right track, he said. And the bailout has serious implications for the federal budget: "We cannot dedicate more than a trillion dollars to rescue failing institutions, and then go right back to business as usual in Washington -- as if there were no end to the resources of government or to the patience of taxpayers. Therefore, as president, I will impose a one-year spending freeze on every agency of the federal government, excepting only national defense, the care of our veterans, and a few critical priorities."
Instead of bad-mouthing Democratic rival Barack Obama, McCain promoted his proposals for tax cuts and energy independence, and vowed to bring bipartisanship to Washington.
"I will ask Democrats and Independents to serve with me," he said. "And my administration will set a new standard for transparency and accountability. We're going to finally start getting things done for the people who are counting on us, and I won't care who gets the credit."
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