ROCHESTER (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Rod Grams rumbled into the Mayo Civic Center on a tractor Saturday, snatched up the Republican endorsement and told delegates to help him finish the job he started.
''Together we've made enormous stride in six years in creating a great American renewal, but one thing is clear: Our work is not yet finished,'' Grams said.
Wearing jeans and cowboy boots, Grams entered a convention hall full of red T-shirts and wallpapered with ''Grams 2000'' signs. Unlike the DFL convention a week earlier, Grams had the spotlight all to himself.
Nancy Haapoja of Redwood Falls got the formalities out the way by nominating Grams as she did six years ago in his first Senate campaign. He was endorsed by acclamation.
''Rod's a straight shooter,'' Haapoja said. ''He's humble, but he's gutsy.''
Grams, a former TV news anchor, grew up on a farm. Besides the tractor, he appealed to his rural roots with the Lee Greenwood country music he chose for his entrance.
In his speech, Grams spoke of family values, veterans, senior citizens, businessmen, farmers and taxpayers in general.
''America is a land of plenty, a land of opportunity, a land of goodness overflowing with the good people who make her great,'' he said. ''I'm proud to be an American, and I know that you share that pride.''
He also touched on his old standbys, particularly the $500-per-child tax credit he helped put in place and his proposal to allow privatization of Social Security.
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