Republicans formally named John McCain as their presidential candidate, hoping the veteran senator with a reputation as a maverick can overcome the legacy of George W. Bush and give their party four more years in the White House.
The vote late Wednesday at the Republican National Convention came minutes after McCain's controversial running mate, Sarah Palin, received thunderous applause for a slashing attack on her critics and Democratic candidate Barack Obama.
McCain is scheduled to accept the nomination in a speech Thursday night. He heads into a competitive two-month campaign against Democratic nominee Barack Obama.
If elected, the 72-year-old would be the oldest first-term US president.
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