July 21st, 2008
11:00 AM ET
10 years ago

GOP takes over Minnesota convention site

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee has officially taken the reins of St. Paul, Minnesota's Xcel Energy Center, site of the party's 2008 national convention.

In an informal ceremony held at the site Monday morning, a cardboard "key" to the arena was presented to Republican officials, who have officially rented the facility until at least September 4. Soon after, around 100 workers began filing in to begin the physical changes.

Eventually, 600 workers are slated to labor on-site. Rows of chairs will be removed; box suites will be turned into television studios.

"It's technically a construction site, but we're not really constructing anything," said convention press secretary Joanna Burgos. "It's really just aesthetics inside - a lot of refurbishing and transforming into something else."

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. GOP Convention Decor

    Decorating Suggestions for the GOP Convention Center:

    Red–for the unnecessary blood that was shed in Iraq.

    White–for the whitewashing you did to our Constitution.

    Blue–for the way you're going to feel in November when we elect Barack Obama as our next president.

    Obama 08

    July 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Jan

    It will, at least, be more serious than the Oprah/Obama extravaganza–they will be nominating a PRESIDENTIAL candidate–not a grinning movie-star wannabee.

    July 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    You can put lipstick on the elephant, but in reality its still just a very large pig.

    July 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Bob Hussein Akmad Jones

    Do you think if obama wins he will give the same speech as Pelosi did talking about how much she was going to accomplish in the first 100 days? How has that worked out for us, oh thats right the worst approval rating in history even lower then Bush

    July 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Not sleeping at the switch

    I saw today that Nevada CANCELLED its GOP Convention.


    That is all

    July 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Phil, FL

    Why not spend the money on something useful?

    July 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Jackie from Minneapolis

    As a Minnesotan – GET OUT!!! We don't want you here.

    July 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. hillaryLOSTgetoverit

    To all the alleged Hillary supporters who are still whining SHUT UP! You lost, get over it. If you were really Democrats there is NO WAY you could vote for McCain. OH and to hillarybacker for mccain, racist much?

    July 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. dumpmccain/the realmccain

    could not post on the NYT article:
    McCain...they wont publish my letter, WHAAAAAAAAA WHAAAAAAAA WHAAAAAAA!!!! Cindy Lou, they are such bad mens. i am going to take a trip to the Pak/Iraq boarder and I'll show em

    July 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. PUMAs = Republicans

    These aren't Hillary supporters that are whining, they are Republicans blogging as Democrats working the division angle. Pity that they're so ashamed of their own party that they have to represent themselves as posers.

    July 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. MikeH

    Will they be offering tours of Larry Craig's gay pickup toilet stall?

    July 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Crush Rush

    Dont forget Rush Limbaugh,the slob,with his minions of mindless morons as a side show.Two or three of his paid operatives blog using about 300 names,its so funny.

    July 21, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. dumpmccain/the realmccain

    Whaaaaa Whaaaaa Whaaaaa they wont publish my letter-John McCain is not fit for office. forget Minnesota GOP you should have your convention on the Pak/Iraq boarder

    July 21, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Tom in New Hope, MN

    Republican fools and their money will soon be part. A sincere thanks for the convention money. Minnesota ( a democratic state) appreciates the donation.

    July 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Alverant

    I wonder if they closed the science museum already and if they've arranged for extra police for the catholics to protect them against the evil Atheists who'd say, "It's a stupid cracker, get over it!"

    July 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    this article bores me, i couldnt care less about the GOP's farce to be!

    as for the NYT editorial: newspapers and magazines direct the content of their publications all the time. it's not "telling mccain what to say", and in fact the NYT did mccain a HUGE favor b/c that kind of nasty, blaming editorial would have sunk him even further. he should be THANKING the times!!!

    it's going to be SOOOOOOOOOO NICE to have DECENT, INTELLIGENT, POSITIVE, PATRIOTIC, PRO-AMERICA, AND PRO-AMERICANS in the white house!! there has been more than enough ugliness, divisiveness, GREED, lies, stealing, hatred...those are NOT traits of our wonderful country and citizens. buh bye haters!

    July 21, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Who Cares!!!


    July 21, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Peter of Oregon

    I wonder how many people the RNC is expecting to show up?

    July 21, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Chitral Cheetah

    As they say in academic circles, 'if you apply a high enough voltage you can make a dead frog jump'. Of course you pump huge amounts of troops, equipment and money with no bar on casualties (as it inevitably happened) as part of the surge you will get ostensible progress. However the question to ask is, did the the colossal waste of human life and national treasure and neglect of the real war in Afghanistan, justify the Iraq war. The answer is clear. Mr McCain you are on the wrong side of this one.

    July 21, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. 57 States

    Cant wait, sorry RNC I will not be able to attend many liberals are counting on my paycheck so I will be at work

    July 21, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Kathy

    What really bothers me about McCain is his endless and useless false ads! I think people see them as a joke now, just stop already.

    July 21, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc

    We wont "get over it" We wont and were not all middle age females or rednecks you liberal kool aide drinkers.

    Now this is a convention I will be looking forward to.
    Stay Sane.... Vote Mc Cain.

    Hillary 2012

    July 21, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. ProudToBeDemocrat

    What ever this stupid republicans do they can not win Minnesota, We are voting democrat and Obama is going to win in minnesota 65/35 over McShame.

    July 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    "I represent the majority and as a majority I do have certain inalianabel rights. "

    WOW....You really should have stayed in school.

    Dem paple wood hab learnt you sum gud wurds...

    July 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. BVAL




    July 21, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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