McCain's gracious toast

The mud was flying between Team McCain and Team Obama yesterday, but last night candidate McCain offered a very gracious toast to candidates Obama and Clinton:

It’s a tough business. And though we are rivals, we should respect each other’s willingness to hazard it. Senator Obama is a man of unusual eloquence, who has performed the very worthy service of summoning to the political arena Americans who once wrongly thought it of little benefit to them. Senator Clinton has demonstrated great tenacity and courage, two qualities I have always esteemed. I count myself among their many admirers. Please join me, then, in a toast to my opponents and compatriots, Senators Clinton and Obama, and to the noisy, contentious, striving, beautiful country we hope to lead.

McCain also toasted "someone who has influenced our lives" -- in his case, "the people of New Hampshire."