As a team of Mavericks, Senator John McCain and Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin spoke to a cheering and excited crowd, waving banners, “NOBAMA” hats and streamers Tuesday afternoon at Franklin and Marshall.

The pair recently hit the road after last weeks Republican convention where they accepted their parties nomination.

They explained the term they identify themselves with, mavericks, as people who do not conform to the mold, who stand out and are unique.

McCain spoke of how he has a history of working for the people, not his party, which he has been known to vote against, something that he claims Senator Barack Obama has never done.

“All you asked of your government is to stand by your side and not in your way, and that’s what I intend to do.”

McCain was introduced by his running mate, Palin, who shares the same ideals of “putting the government back on the site of people”

McCain and Palin visit Lancaster and draw attention from many Millersville students. Photo by Augusta Nissly.
McCain and Palin visit Lancaster and draw attention from many Millersville students. Photo by Augusta Nissly.

“As mayor I shook up the system and took on the good old boys,” Palin said. “As Mayor
and governor I lead by example, I put the states checkbook online for all to see, that didn’t thrill the bureaucrats.”

As a mother of a United States soldier, Palin discussed the importance of McCain being commander in chief for the War on Terror.

Not only will his experience as senator prove helpful, but she declared that, “There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you.”

McCain said that after being held as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam for 10 years, he came back with a firm belief in the good of our country and stated that, “I would rather lose a political campaign than see America lose a war,” and that in opposition to Obama’s vote to stop sending aid to troops in Iraq, said, “we will fulfill our obligations to serve those who aided in our defense.”

With the economy in such a slump, McCain detailed some of the plans to create jobs through actions such as offshore drilling for oil, which will make our country more independent.

“We will stop spending money in countries that don’t like us very much”, and that, “some of that money goes to terrorism.”

Other jobs will be created by, “expanding our use of alternative fuels”, with nuclear power being a focal point.

Millersville University Senior Peter Taraborelli described the event as “Electric-the crowd, the energy, everything. It was completely different than when Hilary came to Millersville.”

Taraborelli had the experience of not only seeing McCain and Palin speak inside the sports complex but also witnessed McCains speech outside for those who were not able to be admitted.

Both McCain and Palin made seperate appearances outside shaking hands, signing posters and giving those outside a small taste of what took place inside.  Only McCain gave a speech but both him and Palin were given equal time to spend gracing the crowd.

Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway” filled the background adding adrenaline to the scene as the candidates mingled with their supporters. The crowd remained energized as Palin stepped into the motorcade ending the rally.

The road to Election Day is just beginning for the duo as they hit the campaign trail. McCain stands strong behind plans of action and declares:

“Let there be no doubt, a change is coming.”