August 31st, 2008
04:30 PM ET
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STAY POSTED: Gustav's effect on RNC, campaign trail

The Ticker providing constant updates from St. Paul
The Ticker providing constant updates from St. Paul

ST. Paul, Minnesota (CNN) - Be sure to keep your Web browser pointed at The Political Ticker and refresh the page often.

From St. Paul, The Ticker team is providing a constant stream of updates on how Hurricane Gustav is affecting the Republican National Convention and the candidates on the campaign trail.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Hillary Supporter

    I find it funny that McCain is trying to use Hillary to win this election. The republicans hate the Clintons. Remember when McCain laughed when asked by a supporter, how do we beat this b%$ch? This woman is no Hillary Clinton. I will not vote for her just because she is a woman. I can't stand my neighbor and she is a woman also. You have lost John. Oh and I love what Rush said the other day, "We have a babe on the ticket, we have a babe on the ticket"

    August 31, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Martha in Lake View, SC

    McCain and the Republicans are getting what they deserve. They spent all the money for the "big party", but it looks like they won't get to have it! It's deja vu all over again, but this time a hurricane is costing them instead.

    August 31, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. pam Eugene OR

    Hey Jimmy @ 3:51
    Where have you been? The Republicans already SAID THEY WOULD use the Red Cross! There is no low they can't get under. I pray for the safety of the peopie and their homes on the gulf coast.
    Not a very advertisement for offshore drilling is it?

    August 31, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Eve, NY

    DONT BE FOOLED by false REPUBLICAN bloggers saying we clinton supporters arent insulted by McCains VP Pick…HELL WE ARE!!

    My friends an I have been EXTREMELY INSULTED by McCains' vp choice!!

    this is OUTRAGEOUS..He is OBVIOUSLY selecting Palin simply because of her anatomy, and expecting intelligent american women, including Hilary supporters, to vote for him because of this!! NO!! Hilary isnt just "any women"..John McCain!! we support her for WHAT SHE STANDS FOR!! And this Palin women stands for the complete OPPOSITE!!..

    she has even voted against womens rights......!!!

    Yesterday we set up a group in my neighbourhood, consisting of 57 women already, who have commited to voting for OBAMA because of McCains decision.. a desicion which shows that he REALLY IS OUT OF TOUCH with women in America!! There is only one safe choice for women (and America) this year.. OBAMA/BIDEN!!!

    Eve Watson, New York

    August 31, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. linda from South Dakota

    how about how the convention is affectin the hurricane victums when this is over?? no mention from the "TOP" on what they will do ,, besides eat cake and party on while many are homeless,,, soits said for the republicans,,, yuck,,, obama/biden 08 and beyond

    August 31, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Patriot

    McCain being in the Mississippi area is pointless show-boating. He can't do anything at this point. Even as a Senator. The evacuations and preparations don't need his authority to proceed or get any more done. It doesn't show that he cares more than others that he went there. That was simply show-boating.

    As others have said, the McCain website has no mention of the hurricane at all. The Obama website has news on who you can contact if you want to help as well as contact information if you live in the area and need help getting out.

    Altering the RNC Convention was the right thing to do though.

    I find it disgusting that McCain would say it was time to take off his Republican hat and put on his American hat. He is making it seem like when is Republican hat is on, he is not American. Obama seems able to keep his Democratic hat on while still being a caring and concerned American.

    August 31, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Joel

    During Mr. Sanchez's broadcast today, when discussing the Republican convention the bottom of the screen read (poor timing for convention) i.e. Gustav. CNN will do anything to make the Republicans look bad. As an independant voter seeing news corporations so obviously push their agendas is sad and a bit scarey.
    How could the Republicans have poor timing when choosing their convention when it was planned a year or more out? It's not poor timing it is just nature.

    August 31, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. Simba from Toronto,canada

    Palin is not Hillary,and her supporters are pro choice and diehard democrat. They will vote for the devil they know (JOB= JOE/OBAMA) than the angel MCSAME they do not know.

    JOB 08-12

    August 31, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. gloria pitman

    why dont oboma give some of his campatne money toward helping people during these disasters. in stead of spending it on living so good during his campayne. he can afford it he got a lot of money to run and he says he like the common man. thats bull. thank you gloria

    August 31, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Generation X

    Even conservatives are questioning the selection of Palin:

    But the notion of plucking a governor with less than two years of experience that would count for anything (unless your a fan of movies like Dave) to serve as Vice President to a 72-year old President is troubling, to say the least. The pick comes with enormous risk, both as a matter of politics, and more importantly, governance. As a political matter, the Obama camp must be breathing a sigh of relief that it can now run ads that say, "Is SHE ready to lead?" The choice also says a lot about McCain. First, that he is a bit desparate. Second, that he is one arrogant SOB. McCain is essentially telling the world that he doesn't really need a Vice President. It is hard to imagine Palin playing the same sort of role that modern Vice Presidents like Gore, Bush, Cheney, or Mondale played. Rather, the Office would seem poised to return to the "proverbial warm bucket of p***" category. McCain has thus made a purely political play without regard for the governance concerns. ...from The Corner

    August 31, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. eugene

    MMCAIN HAVE PUT US ALL IN DANGER BY PICKING A VERY UNQUALIFIED VP,MCCAIN IS 72 SO WHY WILL HE EVEN TAKE A CHANCE LIKE THIS,THIS WOMAN COULD BE IN CHARGE OF 300 MILLION AMERICANS,IF THATS NOT ENOUGH TO SCARE YOU TO DEATH, I DONT KNOW WHAT WILL,HER TEENAGE DAUGHTER IS PREGNANT,SHE THINKS GLOBAL WARMING IS A MYTH,THIS WOMAN SOUNDS LIKE A NEOCON,I HOPE AMERICA DONT FALL FOR THIS BECAUSE THIS COULD BE A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION,I CANT BELIEVE MCCAIN WILL DO THIS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE,PUT OUR FUTURE IN THE HANDS OF SOMEBODY LIKE THIS

    August 31, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. curtis in WI

    I agree that the convention should be posponed but that simply might be possible. The problem in doing so is logistics. It is a huge enterprise. Where will they find another venue that can accomodate them with only a week or few's notice? What about other events already scheduled for that new venue? They would be facing a whole bunch of breach of contract lawsuits.

    It would be better to tell all the delegates and committees to cut out most of the ceremonial activities/backslapping and get cracking on business so that they can condense things down to just a couple of days of nuts and bolts work and nights of speeches and ceremony. Night 1 would be carefully selected speeches about views and policies and plans. Night two would have the VP and Presidential candidates both be nominated by acclimation by their home state delgations – since there is no competition anyway – and have them both speak on the same night.

    Any delegates or committee members who need to be present to vote on whatever should be given the option of voting electronically or by proxy and excused from attendance without penalty so that they can go attend to local disaster-relief business if needed.

    August 31, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  13. PatriotPatrick

    COME ON! SOMEBODY ANSWER ME... HOW CAN SHE RUN FOR OFFICE WHILE UNDER INVESTIGATION??? WHAT IF SHE'S FOUND GUILTY? tHE RNC JUST SWEEPS THAT UNDER THE CARPET???

    August 31, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. No Hillary = No Obama

    McCain Does. Obama talks.

    August 31, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. Dave

    Forget that Dobson clown, God will deal with him.

    P.S. The RNC logo looks like the window sticker with the boy pissing on whatever. Apparently the elephant thinks 2008 is lost! Sour Grapes!

    August 31, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. mic

    We pray that everyone be safe during this uncertain event in New Oeleans. The truth of te matter is we can now visualize that the Republicans failed to handle Katrina properly may be because no election was near so they can hold the white house but they want to do it this time because they are desparate to win electioin. This being said,we need to remind them that it is not a one shot action that attract voter ; it is consitency. This time, we are determined to have a people minded president, an ordinary american citizen, someone very fresh with new idea and aspiration, this person can not be another than Senator Barack Obama.

    August 31, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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