John McCain ended his speech at the Republican convention with this call:
"I’m going to fight for my cause every day as your President. I’m going to fight to make sure every American has every reason to thank God, as I thank Him: that I’m an American, a proud citizen of the greatest country on earth, and with hard work, strong faith and a little courage, great things are always within our reach.
"Fight with me. Fight with me.
"Fight for what’s right for our country.
"Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.
"Fight for our children’s future.
"Fight for justice and opportunity for all.
"Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.
"Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America.
"Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We’re Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.
"Thank you, and God Bless you."
What about the Democrats? Hillary Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention contained this stirring passage:
"My mother was born before women could vote. But in this election my daughter got to vote for her mother for President. This is the story of America. Of women and men who defy the odds and never give up.
"How do we give this country back to them? By following the example of a brave New Yorker , a woman who risked her life to shepherd slaves along the Underground Railroad. And on that path to freedom, Harriett Tubman had one piece of advice.
"If you hear the dogs, keep going.
"If you see the torches in the woods, keep going.
"If they're shouting after you, keep going.
"Don't ever stop. Keep going.
"If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.
"Even in the darkest of moments, ordinary Americans have found the faith to keep going. I've seen it in you. I've seen it in our teachers and firefighters, nurses and police officers, small business owners and union workers, the men and women of our military - you always keep going. We are Americans. We're not big on quitting.
"But remember, before we can keep going, we have to get going by electing Barack Obama president.
"We don't have a moment to lose or a vote to spare."