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Utahns have high hopes for McCain's speech

Utahns have high hopes for McCain's speech



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Utah's delegation at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul is about to wrap up with John McCain's acceptance speech tonight.

All night long, a crew rebuilt the stage at the Xcel Center so McCain can walk out among the delegates when he speaks tonight. One woman on the crew said, "Oh, it's fun. We're having a blast!"

Utah Senate President John Valentine says he expects a lot from McCain. "What we're looking for is a sense of direction. We're looking for leadership. We're looking for inspiration," he said.

Utahns have high hopes for McCain's speech

Everyone is saying Gov. Sarah Palin really set the stage, although they expect McCain might not be as combative as his V.P. pick. Utah House Speaker Greg Curtis says he expects McCain will have a strong message, but not be as feisty as Gov. Palin was last night.

"I don't think you'll see the same tenor. I think there will be some jabs, but I don't think you'll see an all-out brawl," he said.

Some delegates have been discussing in the hallways whether or not they think McCain can keep the energy level as high as they feel Palin did.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

Randall Jeppesen In St. Paul

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