September 1st, 2008
04:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Republican Convention gavels to order

Duncan gaveled the 2008 Republican Convention to order Monday afternoon.
Duncan gaveled the 2008 Republican Convention to order Monday afternoon.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - National Republican Committee Chairman Mike Duncan gaveled his party's 2008 presidential convention to order Monday afternoon, starting a scaled-back day of events as Hurricane Gustav washed ashore on the Gulf Coast.

Duncan told the party's delegates the session would be an abbreviated one, and appealed for delegates to help with hurricane relief in the coming days.

It remains unclear if the party will resume a full convention schedule on Tuesday.

Watch gavel-to-gavel coverage on CNN.com/live

soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Texico From Mexico

    IF YOU CAN HEAR ME PEOPLE!!!!! LETS STORM THE CONVENTION!!!!! JUST LIKE IN 1972!!!! NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN!!!!! KEATING 5 AND ABUSES OF POWER IN ALASKA!!!!

    September 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Tony

    This ought to be good, especially with the skeletons taht are busting out of Sara Palin's closet.

    September 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Bulldog

    Isn't it great that McCain all of a sudden cares about Hurricane Gustav and the coastal states when just 3 years ago he was having cake with President Bush during hurricane Katrina. Time and time again McCain has been a hypocrite during this campaign. Attacks someone for one thing and then turns around and does or says exactly that same thing. Where is the judgment? He is clearly a follower who has the wrong initial judgment.

    September 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Elizabeth for Obama

    Republicans please VET the VP before you approve her. Do John Cain's job for him. He didn't do it.

    I was a Republican, but now I'm voting for Barack Obama/Joe Biden.

    September 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Perusing-through

    SARAH OUT! ROMNEY IN!

    The Republican Party still have plenty of time to reshuffle the deck, hold a new Republican primaries with the previous top three candidates, and still have a convention RNC nomination before November 4th. No, no, no, forget the primaries. Bring the top three finishers to the Republican National Convention this week and the delegates can chose one of them at that time.

    September 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Phantom of the Oprah

    Good.

    I am looking forward to getting to know Sarah.

    Maybe voting on gender will get the point across to the DNC that sexism is no better than racism. My butt is still smarting from that treatment. Hillary fared even worse at the hands of the inclusive fair-minded democrats.

    Fortunately, I CAN live with 4 more years... AT 54, my days of fighting for Roe vs Wade and for Civil Rights are over. Let the young take that battle over- they trashed HRC and her women... we were the one's to fight for it. I can live with pro-life. I have never been pro Abortion just PRO-choice but I can live with anti-abortion. A conservative court may teach the disrespectful Obamatrons some manners, civility and respect.

    I have 2 college degrees and earn over 115K. I own my home outright. The Media pretended that HRC did not have such supporters- but many of us are older and close to retirement, most of us are highly educated.

    Now the NEWbies will pay the price for their hatred, sexism and treachery.

    September 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Chris from NY

    What convention?

    September 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. kescia

    Please tell me Palin has withdrawn her name from nomination.

    September 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. No Palin Scary!

    Sorry GOP!

    September 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. ex Republican

    Sorry McCain, I don't trust your party to do right anymore. You lost my vote. Too much drama already.

    September 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Irony

    I think this year the parties have flipped around.

    The democrats, under Obama's example and encouragement have turned hateful, divisive, dirty, vulgar and foul. They have poisoned the legacy of their party and tainted its noble ideals.

    The Republicans are now the agents of CHANGE and inclusion.

    How ironic

    September 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. IrishDawg

    Maybe the ministers who follow Pat Dobson and his ilk who asked their people to pray that the Obama acdeptance speech last week would get rained out in Denver should think twice about invoking the Supreme Being for anything as small as politics....doubt it though...

    September 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Dolores

    Who cares...............I am watching the news concerning the storms in the Gulf Coast.

    September 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Marie Canada

    Who cares?????? The Gustov just saved the GOP face now they have an excuse for poor attendance.

    September 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. RapidRay

    Considering all the good news about Sarah Palin's family values today, I doubt anyone's gonna show up after tonight.

    Let's just call the while thing off, see how much money Jerry Lewis is making and finish the barbecue. It's less embarrasing that way.

    September 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Lesser evil

    I do not agree with the Obama supporters on ANYthing. Their posts are just nasty, vulgar, disrespectful, disparaging. That mocks the message of the party.

    I don't agree with Palin on Politics- but I can live with that. I love her character, strength, poise and conviction. She stands firm on her principles. I see no hypocrisy in her.

    September 1, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Steve

    You can bet that Palin will be withdrawing as McCain's VIP.. This was all planned from the start.. There is no way McCain would choose a VIP as unqualified as Palin.. Now that they announce her daughter is pregnant, she can do the right thing and conveniently "withdraw" allowing McCain to pick someone who actually has some experience, while still looking good for making a woman his "first choice"... The Republicans are just desparate to look good and attract as many voters as they can..

    September 1, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Hillary Supporter

    ts really sad that the republican spin machine picked a day when we are having a natural disaster to reveal this news about Palin daughter yet they want everyone not to politicize it. The McCain camp made this political by the timing of this news. "Hey N.O. is suffering and everyone is watching the hurricane so, lets break the news" wow!!!!!!!!!! McCain, you are shameless.

    September 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Canta

    McCain/Palin

    Yeah!

    September 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Wayne

    Good jog GOP for scaling back the convention and making the hurricane victims the focus.

    September 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    I could care less about the RNC, but another story got my attention. Barack Obama is telling the media to lay off of Palin, that her family is her business. Even more evidence that Sen Obama will make a great leader because as you may recall, when the GOP attacked Obama's family even with accusations that weren't true, i.e being Muslim, he asked them to lay off his family, and they refused. In a dirty game like politics, i'm glad to see Obama is taking the high road and respecting Gov Palin as a Person not trashing her as a politician.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Dayahka

    McCain has made three awful decisions over the past week that show he is unfit for command and should be denied the nomination: the Palin decision, the alarmist decision to postpone the convention, and the decision to collect funds for the hurricane. Of the latter, we do not know for whom the funds are being collected: the people who moved out, local cities and towns, or the oil wells that may have been damaged. Gustav may be bad, but not worth the postponement; how about postponements for the fire in California, or Hanna in Florida? As for Palin, that was a disaster of epic proportions.

    September 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. J.Abrams

    Seems like CNN is more concerned with covering Palin's family issues, than the GOP convention.

    CNN continues to push its liberal agenda. Big surprise.

    September 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    Hey – the dems had theirs last week – peaceful protestors and all.

    CNN is making a big deal of these protestors because there is nothing interesting at the repub convention yet. Bush/Cheney cancelled (altho that IS good for McCain).

    CNN will do whatever is necessary to try to get viewers. Let's be real about most of this stirring and spinning.

    September 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Marie-Lynn

    I allready fall a sleep...

    September 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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