Cindy McCain Focuses on Giving, Leadership

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On the night her husband accepted the GOP presidential nomination, Cindy McCain spoke of America's duty to lend a helping hand.

"While John and I take great joy in having been able to spend time together this week as a family, our hearts go out to the thousands of families who have had to leave their homes once again due to devastating weather," she said. Several members of the McCain family took the stage for introductions just before her speech.   Watch Cindy McCain's entire speech here.

"It is not only our natural instinct to rally to them, to lift them up with our prayers and come to their aid. It is also our duty to our country," she added.

Cindy McCain has spent much of her life helping with humanitarian efforts in other countries. Thursday night, she described Americans as "the most generous people in history."

"That generosity of spirit is in our national DNA. It's our way of doing things. It's how we view the world," she said.

Mrs. McCain added that the U.S. should not only think of how it is viewed by other countries, but also what "our forefathers make of us and what...our children say of us."

"I know of no one who better defines how to do that...than the man I love...my husband, John McCain," she said.

She went on to share her thoughts on McCain, as a husband, a father, and leader, saying she "hit a homerun" by marrying the senator. She said that he has always been "a source of strength, an inspiration and also the best father you could ever imagine."

Like several others who took the stage before her, Cindy McCain told delegates their candidate would always be willing to put his country first.

"These are perilous times," she explained. "It's going to take someone of unusual strength and character-- someone exactly like my husband -- to lead us through the reefs and currents that lie ahead."

She also acknowledged her husband's vice preisdential pick, Gov. Sarah Palin.

"I know John. You can trust his hand at the wheel. But you know what, I've always thought it's a good idea to have a woman's hand on the wheel as well," she said to a throng of cheers. "So how about Governor Sarah Palin?"

Palin stood and waved to the crowd.

Cindy McCain confirmed that despite some differences on issues, Gov. Palin has her respect.

"As a fellow hockey mom myself and a western conservative mother, I couldn't be prouder that John has shaken things up as he usually does," she said.

McCain's wife recently returned from the Republic of Georgia, where violence erupted last month.

"Sometimes the courage of others leaves me breathless," she said. "If Americans want straight talk and the plain truth they should take a good close look at John McCain."

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