McCain to kick off final drive for presidency

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- John McCain is preparing to give his primetime acceptance speech at the Republican Convention.

Last night his running mate, Sarah Palin, energized the convention crowd and also took plenty of swipes at the Democratic ticket.

This morning her Democratic counterpart, Joe Biden, complimented her but also says she ignored some important issues.

Biden told CBS' "The Early Show" he noticed "a deafening silence" about what he describes as "the hole that the Republicans have dug us into." He says there was no mention of the term "middle class" or the things he says affects middle-class lives.

McCain's wife Cindy also speaks tonight. She tells ABC's "Good Morning America" she's nervous, but also ready to tell people what she's about, and where she comes from.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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