Even before the gavel ended the largest gathering of Republicans in one state, the crowd of over 12 thousand delegates and alternates was reminded by Texas Victory Chairman Roger Williams of what's at stake this November.
"The candidate of the other party says he offers change you can believe in. You can believe you'll only have change left in your pocket after he raises your taxes, penalizes your success and rewards their failure."
As the caucuses met, delegates heard from the likes of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
"Senator Obama says that John McCain is running for the third term of President Bush. But when I listen to Barak Obama, it sounds like he's running for the second term of Jimmy Carter."
From former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich:
"I want to establish the precedent that when you bet against America, you lose. Frankly, we don't need to talk about them, we just need to drive down the price of oil so that they can go bankrupt, and it we can bankrupt the speculators, I'm personally relatively happy."
And possible vice presidential candidate Mike Huckabee who said change would definitely come to America if Barak Obama was president.
"Given his point of view, his philosophy and what he would do to the tax system, to the appointment of judges, I think Senator Obama has gone far enough this year."
A platform was adopted that included staying the course in Iraq, an abortion ban, and opposition to the Trans-Texas Corridor. Most delegates I spoke to said the gathering accomplished what it set out to do.
"We may fight like brothers and sisters amongst ourselves, but when we walk out into the street, we stand behind each other. A lot of the focus of the convention was platform and the delegates to the national convention, so I think they accomplished that real well, yeah. We need to our conservative values, and I believe that John McCain will do that. I think the leadership accomplished what they wanted but, it didn't really mean the delegates got what they wanted. If we look at issues and what we as conservatives believe, McCain's gonna be our man."
All agreed that the two candidates hoping to occupy the White House represent fundamental differences in the direction they would take this country.
Pat Hernandez, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.