ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- John McCain portrayed himself as a presidential candidate who has a record of putting the good of the country before all else, and Democrat Barack Obama as just the opposite, in his speech to the Republican National Convention.
"Again and again, I've worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed. That's how I will govern as president," McCain said in prepared remarks released in advance of his appearance Thursday night. He planned to accept the party's nomination with a promise "to reach out my hand to anyone to help me get this country moving again."
"I have that record and the scars to prove it," McCain said. "Senator Obama does not."
In excerpts of his prepared remarks, McCain bemoaned "constant partisan rancor" and said: "It's what happens when people go to Washington to work for themselves and not you."
McCain, a four-term Arizona senator, also issued a warning "to the old, big-spending, do-nothing, me-first, country-second Washington crowd: Change is coming."