McCain, in final rally, predicts late night

November 4, 2008

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Republican presidential candidate John McCain predicted a late night on Tuesday during a final rally in Colorado where he sought to spur voters to the polls.

“We’re going to be up late tonight,” he told an enthusiastic crowd at an airport hangar in this battleground western state. “I feel the momentum, I feel it and you feel it and we’re going to win this election. We’re going to win it.”

McCain trails Democratic rival Barack Obama in opinion polls, but his aides said tightening in Colorado prompted the election day stopover.

McCain urged the cheering crowd of people to go out and vote and bring their neighbors with them.

“Drag them there if you need to. We’re going to bring real change to Washington and we have to fight for it,” he said.

“With your help we’re going to take America in a new direction. Get out there and vote, I need your help.”

Toning down the attacks, however, McCain did not mention Obama by name during the event.

“I owe this country more than it will ever owe me and I promise you if I’m elected president, I will never let you down,” he said.

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- Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (McCain introduces his mother at a rally in Colorado)

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