The Washington Times - September 4, 2008, 11:56AM

John and Cindy McCain will headline tonight’s final session of the Republican National Convention, but before them, the lineup is filled with buddies from McCain’s days in the Senate.

Mel Martinez, a Cuban immigrant and current senator from Florida, former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Sen. Sam Brownback and Sen. Lindsey Graham. Joining them is former congressman and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.

Mrs. McCain will not be delivering a standard introduction of her husband but will instead speak about her own causes and efforts on the international stage. McCain campaign aides said it will focus on the outreach that helps define American exceptionalism.

And the campaign isn’t giving away too much of Mr. McCain’s speech, other than to say it’ll be straightforward McCain: an appeal for bipartisanship in Washington for the sake of bipartisanship.

“He’ll call on the entire political culture in Washington to start putting the country first, ahead of their own self-interest,” long-time aide and speechwriter Mark Salter told reporters.

Stephen Dinan, national political correspondent, The Washington Times