ST. PAUL, Minn. — In the case of the second time being thecharm, Sen. John McCain is scheduled to accept the GOP nominationfor president tonight, the closing session of this year'sRepublican National Convention.

McCain, a member of Navy Federal Credit Union, is scheduled tospeech at around 10:00 EDT. and the stage was rebuilt overnight toaccommodate his desire to speak in a less formal town hall formatthat plays to his strengths as a campaigner. He sought the GOPnomination in 2000 but lost to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

The four-term senator from Arizona accepts the nomination at atime when the GOP is behind in most polls in part because of thenation's economic difficulties. McCain has said he wants tostimulate the growth of the economy through additional taxcuts.

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