This is the speech I'd give after Sen. Obama's nomination if I was Sen. McCain.
I would like to congratulate Senator Obama on being the first African-American nominated for the presidency by a major party. This is a singular achievement that shows us how far America has come from some of the shameful moments in our not-too-distant past.
But now we have to talk about the issues, and on every meaningful issue, Senator Obama is wrong.
Mr. Obama wants to raise taxes on employers in a limping economy -- a move Herbert Hoover taught us was a mistake.
Mr. Obama wants to achieve energy independence by the slowest conceivable route, continuing to transfer massive amounts of American wealth to people who oppose us in the mean time.
Mr. Obama thinks the way to fix the flaws in the finest health care system in the world is by putting federal beaurocrats in charge.
Mr. Obama sees the judiciary as an unelected legislature, able to make changes to our society that the voters don't support.
Mr. Obama sees the war in Iraq as a distraction from the war of terror rather than as an extension of it. He doesn't understand that if we beat al Qaida in Iraq, we won't have to fight them in LA, Chicago, or Miami.
Mr. Obama believes letting a baby die alone on a table is necessary to protect Roe v Wade. Even NARAL disagreed.
And Mr. Obama thinks he is a reformer when he has passed on every opportunity he has been given to work toward real, meaningful reform in both Illinois and the US Senate.
I congratulate Senator Obama on his historic achievement, but I think the American people know that this country does not need an Obama presidency.
They know this nation needs an economic policy that will keep capital in the market.
They know this nation needs to reduce energy costs and end our country's dependence on foreign energy sources as quickly as possible.
They know our country's health care system needs work, but we can improve it only by putting you in control of your health care.
They know this country needs a judiciary determined to interpret the law, not make it.
They know this nation can only keep itself safe if we totally defeat our enemies rather than leaving when things get tough, or worse, on the cusp of victory.
They know we lose nothing by protecting the most helpless among us and that we lose ourselves if we refuse.
And they know that real reform means taking a hard look at our government, daring to touch the third rails and to question the sacred -- like pork barrel spending, excessive regulation, and government agencies and programs which have lasted long past their usefulness.
The American people know what this country needs, and in November I am confident they will choose the candidate with the experience, judgment, and determination to lead this nation to new heights.