I had the pleasure to watch the election returns from the Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ with many of McCain's loyal supporters.
The moving part of watching the results from a concession victory party was to hear Senator McCain's call for unity speech.
Some of the memorable lines from his speech outlined in a very patriotic way why his campaign theme was Country First.
"Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth."
"I would not - I would not be an American worthy of the name should I regret a fate that has allowed me the extraordinary privilege of serving this country for a half a century."
"tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens,"
"And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties, but to believe, always, in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.
Americans never quit. We never surrender.
We never hide from history. We make history."
John McCain proved to be a class-act and under different conditions and different circumstances he would prove to be a class-act president.
It has been fun watching my senator emerge as the Republican Party leader and presidential hopeful. From watching him announce his candidacy on his tour in Tempe AZ, to a couple of stops in Prescott, to the Convention and to the victory party it has been amazing to see a man with such character lead.
I have heard his call to unite and to continue his message of country first. It is our time to support the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. Let there be no doubt, we are one nation with one president. It is not in the American Spirit to let disappointment of an election to keep us from being the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.