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Favorite John McCain Moment of 2008: His Graceful Concession Speech

John McCain's graceful concession speech on Nov. 4 won the award for CitizenSugar readers' favorite John McCain moment of 2008. As many of you said in the comments, the fact that McCain lost did not make this your favorite moment, but rather the quality of the speech swayed you.

McCain conceded the presidency less than 30 minutes after the polls closed on the West Coast, telling supporters in Arizona:

These are difficult times for our country and I pledge to him [Obama] tonight to do all in my power to help and lead us through the many challenges we face. I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our goodwill and earnest effort to find ways to come together.

McCain put up a tough fight for the Republican nomination and the presidency, coming out gracious and humble. Check out the rest of our Best of 2008 coverage!

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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
It was a good speech.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Yo where is everybody, on vaca were there is no internet connection?? Well at least somebody's on vaca.
janneth janneth 8 years
Jessie, you are right. I think he was so influenced by his Rovian campaign advisors that the real McCain was lost.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Yeah it made you wonder why he didn't run his entire campaign that way and speak as well as he did that night in debates and interviews. Things might have turned out differently for him if he had, not that I'm not happy Obama won.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
It was a wonderful speech; it really earned back a lot of the respect I'd lost for him over the course of the campaign.
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