August 20th, 2008
11:10 AM ET
6 years ago

Bush, Cheney, Giuliani, Lieberman to speak at GOP convention

Giuliani will keynote the Republican convention next month.
Giuliani will keynote the Republican convention next month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush will headline the first night of the Republican National Convention and former GOP rival Rudy Giuliani will deliver the convention’s keynote address at the four day political rally in St. Paul, Minnesota, which will culminate in the nomination of John McCain as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

Watch: The GOP has finalized convention plans

On Thursday, a video will introduce McCain before he delivers his acceptance speech, senior campaign aides tell CNN.

The Arizona senator is turning to close allies, former rivals, a former Democrat, and potential running mates to address the convention in the days leading up to his acceptance speech. A year ago, four of the speakers were competing against McCain for the Republican nomination; one of the speakers is Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee; two of them represent the battleground state of Florida, and 10 speakers have been rumored to be on McCain’s list of potential running mates.

Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager, said that the senator wanted the list of speakers to showcase the “diversity” of the Republican Party.

“I think one of the things that is important, especially for John McCain, as unique a politician as he is, is to demonstrate the diversity and differences of ideology I would say of our party,” Davis said. “I think one of the things that people forget about is we are not a very monolithic as a party. We really want to show some of that.”

Joining Bush on Monday will be Vice President Dick Cheney, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democrat-turned-Independent Lieberman, and first lady Laura Bush.

Giuliani keynotes the convention the next night and will be preceded at the podium by former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

On Wednesday, McCain’s yet-to-be announced running mate will formally accept the vice presidential nomination, followed by the roll call for McCain’s nomination initiated by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Prior to the GOP vice presidential nominees’ address, McCain’s wife Cindy, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will speak.

Leading up to McCain’s acceptance speech, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Florida Sen. Mel Martinez will address the convention.

Davis also said that Romney will be making appearances in Denver during the Democratic National Convention, which will be held there next week.

As for McCain, he will slightly scale back but not entirely cease campaigning during the Democratic convention. He is scheduled to make an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday and will address the American Legion National Convention in Phoenix. The day after the Democratic convention, Davis said McCain will resume “an aggressive campaign schedule” that will continue through his arrival in St. Paul.


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soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. Credit Card Republicans

    I laugh at you EDDIE from town and say to you "I never take it off"you stupid Limbaugh lemming.

    August 20, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Franky

    Mayor Giuliani............don't you listen??? Didn't I told you not to show your face anymore?? One minute you wanna be cool and think is O.K, there's no problem. Let me tell you something...there is a problem! And the problem is you showing your face and me telling you not to show your face anymore!! You think is cool playing around, huh?! Let me tell you something, it ain't cool for Yankee fans and myself...

    Get your fate hatin face out of here!!

    August 20, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Brian - Trinidad

    I'll watch only if Rudy wears one of his dresses.

    August 20, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Franky

    But you know what? Since you don't listen and the GOP think is "cool" you being there, maybe they'll learn their lesson..........the HARD WAY!!!

    August 20, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Vietnam Veteran

    Lets see Chaney the defacto back room president,Rudy Giuliani the sneak out the manson at 3AM to visit his mistress while his wife was asleep, Liberman I am confuse which party I belong to, I know Israel party and Bush need I say more. Should be an interesting convention to avoid.

    August 20, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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