SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The 2008 Republican National Convention's. . . . overall theme, "Country First," reflects John McCain’s remarkable record of leadership and service to America. Each day of proceedings will center on a touchstone theme that has defined John McCain’s life and will be central to his vision for leading our nation forward as president.
Certain to address the storm-shortened convention were former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, an actor and politician and one of McCain's rivals for the Republican nomination, and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, the Democrats' vice presidential candidate in 2000 and now a McCain supporter. Republicans say the two will talk about McCain's life and their friendship with him.
The revamped schedule suggested that convention planners were easing back into partisan politics with an appeal to independent-minded voters. Thompson is known by most voters for his portrayal of a gruff district attorney on NBC's "Law & Order."
It was unclear whether Thompson had replaced former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the convention keynote and, if so, why. Convention planners said Giuliani would address the gathering in prime-time Wednesday or Thursday, though they did not know whether he would remain the keynote speaker as planned.
Convention Prime-Time: Xcel Energy Center, 5PM-11PM ET / 4-10PM CT
Theme of the Day: "Reform"
Highlights to Watch: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's keynote address
Other Key Speakers: Former Govs. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) and Tom Ridge (Pa.), Govs. Jon Huntsman (Utah) and Linda Lingle (Hawaii), U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.), Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.) and House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republicans revamped their convention plans for a second day, dropping former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as keynote speaker Tuesday night while trying to determine President Bush's role in the political pageantry celebrating John McCain's candidacy for president.
In Giuliani's speaking slot were former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, one of McCain's rivals for the Republican nomination, and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, the Democrats' vice presidential candidate in 2000 and now a McCain supporter. Republicans say the two will talk about McCain's life and their friendship with him.
Whether Bush will address delegates via satellite Tuesday night had not been decided, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and others had been expected to speak Monday night, but the McCain campaign and convention officials agreed to trim back the politics and focus instead on fundraising for victims of Hurricane Gustav.
Hamstrung by Gustav and distracted by the revelation that McCain running mate Sarah Palin's unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, Republicans were trying to get back on track Tuesday.
Lieberman, who left the Democratic Party after losing a Senate primary, has angered many Democrats by criticizing their nominee, Barack Obama.
"I'm not going to spend any time tonight attacking Sen. Obama," Lieberman told CNN, but he added that he will explain "why I am an independent Democrat voting for Sen. McCain."
Some more information below; most of the protests weren't violent, but a couple hundred people (kids?) took things pretty far.
(I read before the Democrat Convention how Chicago was going to deal with protesters but promised to let them out of jail in time for the Republican Convention. )
Fred Thompson will forcefully defend the selection of Sarah Palin tonight in a speech Republicans are characterizing as "red meat." He will argue that the feeding frenzy over Palin's is the result of "panic" from the Democrat-friendly mainstream media.
I don't know. I guess I hoped liberal Democrats would be able to be decent and put America first; to refrain from malicious hateful attacks against a 17-year-old girl and her family, who aren't running for public office, because their constituents wouldn't stand for it. I realize that was asking a lot and neither the leftwing media or the liberal Democrats themselves are up to that and they refuse to see the hypocrisy when they demanded that virtually everything related to their candidate--not his family, but the candidate--was off limits for criticism.
Most seem to be saying that well she deserves it. Sort of like you are doing.