GOP ticket visits Lehigh University

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - October 8, 2008 John McCain's campaign bus rolled right into Lehigh Unversity's Stabler Arena, much to the delight of the capacity crowd here.

McCain took the stage with his wife Cindy, daughter Megan, and running mate Sarah Palin, who took time to remind the crowd of the Arizona Senator's service to the country both as a law-maker and Vietnam veteran.

There is only one man in this campaign who has ever really fought for you and he's the only one with courage to keep on fighting for you," Governor Palin said.

McCain wasted no time discussing the importance of the Keystone State come November.

Pennsylvania will have a great role in determining the next President of the United States and Vice President of the United States. I need your vote. We need to carry Pennsylvania," Senator McCain said.

Not surprisingly, the crowd got a charge out this campaign visit, but people realized, it'll be a tough fight before the Arizona Senator can claim Pennsylvania.

"I think he said a lot of good things today that he should have said last night during the debate; I think he needs to reach more people with that message," Tom Berlinski of Coplay, Pennsylvania, said.

"Style versus substance, he tells you the way it is, he tells you the truth, and that's the just the way it is," Heather Heltzinger of Reading, Pennsylvania, said.

Also in the crowd was Ted Fenno of Easton who was a classmate of McCain's at the Naval Academy.

Fenno say the reason McCain developed the reputation of a rebel is because it's true.

"For the Naval Academy and other service academies, it's kind of nice, to find somebody, that's want to be a little maverick, and he was a maverick," Fenno said.

The closest thing to a controversy came when Lehigh County GOP Chairman Bill Platt repeatedly referred to Obama using his middle name "Hussein". Neither Palin nor McCain made any reference to it, but the campaign issued a statement saying it did not condone this "inappropriate rhetoric."

Governor Palin will drop the ceremonial first puck in Saturday night's Flyers game.

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