September 1st, 2008
04:08 PM ET
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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.

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN... the fascists are meeting

    September 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Hatred

    McCain and Palin are the first Republicans to appeal to me.

    They are not perfect- neither was Hillary- but they are sincere and they fight for what they believe in. They do not cover up and lie.

    HRC would fight for Universal doubt about it. Obama will do what he always does- plays safe- votes present- stays noncommital to avoid criticism and finally panders trying not to displease people and he gets nothing done.

    I'll wait 4 years for Hillary's brilliant plan. Until then... I am voting against the hatred that has infected my democratic party.

    September 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. mc

    Guess what, you Democratic hypocrites???? The V.P. Palin shows that she knows what happens in the everyday family and she can deal with it!!! Obama and Biden are up in the clouds and out of touch!!! It's taken me time, but I realize that the rich Democrats are OUT OF TOUCH with America!!!! Kennedy, Kerry, Gore, Obama- you all just don't have a clue if you jump on Palin's family business!!!!

    September 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Joe

    Bush to the rescue!! What would we have done without him last time? The gavel should go upside his head. This should be a reminder of how much the "GRAND OLD PARTY" cares about us.

    September 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. john derby

    This is a naked attempt at trying to trick the american people into thinking the repugs give one whit about the people affected by this hurricane.

    why is it that they show this concern only when there is a hurricane about to hit? what about the other 364 days of the year?

    September 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Sue, MI

    It's going to be interesting to see how many issues are able to be addressed during this abbreviated convention. Barack is right- kids should absolutely not be a topic of political debate. However, what IS a legitimate topic of debate now is the need for comprehensive sex education for all our children in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies and potentially life-threatening STDs. Both Palin and McCain would rather see children die than educate them properly.

    In addition, another legitimate political topic is the "family values" that are reprensented when a couple gives birth to a Down Syndrome child, and then neither parent (even though they can afford to do so) is willing to stay home to care for and manage the special needs of that child. As the aunt of a wonderful woman with Down Syndrome, I feel the Palins' selfishness in pawning off the care of their newborn to others is unforgiveable!

    September 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Jeff an Independent

    Could be the event of the summer – if McCain has ANY sense he'll dump Palin and nominate someone qualified to serve, without the rolling stories of abuse of power. Will it happen? We have two days to find out!

    September 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Sue

    Can't wait to see what Hurricane Sarah blows into Minneapolis next... How about something relating to corruption charges, CNN? Her family is far less of a concern to me than the judges she will surely support, her lack of understanding, even in the face of her daughter's pregnancy, that 'abstinence-only' is not a particularly effective method of sex education, and the fact that she is under investigation after only a few years in public office in a state with less population than most American cities.

    But the Reps say she's more qualified than Obama?? For what?

    September 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. D from Ashburn

    Is Bush on vacation this week????

    September 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Spin Begins

    The spin should be especially over the top dealing with the Palin fiasco.

    September 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. obama all the way

    Lesser evil-

    FYI- When you don't agree with a persons policies traditionally you DON'T vote for them. At least that is what intelligent people do.

    September 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. nate

    Think there will be any distractions?

    September 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. steelworker

    So sad that an issue is being made out of a very private family matter. The young lady should be left alone we are not voting for her.
    No doubt not having the campaign over Labor Day was a huge sacrifice for the RNC. John McCain is handling this situtation with the a great deal of selflessness and dignity. Hats off to a REAL AMERICAN HERO.

    September 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Colo Sprgs, CO

    One of the worst renditions of the National Anthem I have ever heard. How can they pick such a horrible singer to sing our country's anthem? What a disgrace.

    September 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Herman In LA

    Who cares

    September 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Way 2 go

    Bad choice McCain. Every seventy year-old I know needs help with making good sound decisions. Palin has too much on her plate. (Who's watching the kids?) Five kids, a pregnant 17 year old, and a six month old with down syndrome. I'm pretty sure she is a good governor and a good person but she needs to help her husband take care of home. If my child was sick that would be my first priority. Your home has to be in order before you can help others...better yet a nation.

    September 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Bill

    As a life time republican I sure hope McCain reconsiders his VP pick.

    It will be hard with her on the ticket. Maybe Romney would be a wiser choice.

    September 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Bonnie

    All you Republicans saying that the GOP are the only ones doing anything for the Gulf Coast – think again – Obama/Biden sent an e-mail prior to the GOPs 'grab your cell phone' moment and I, for one, made my donation to the Red Cross. McCain/Palin lucked out with weather – there was no way they were even coming close to the energy of DNC convention.

    September 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Virginia Voter

    Phantom – nobody cares how many degrees you have, how much money you make, or how many homes you own. The only thing we care about is the future of this country, and Senators Obama and Biden have the right plan for us – hope.

    September 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. marsha

    I wonder if they will have a speaker about morality and teen pregnancy.
    It is a republican event ,oh yeah, I forgot . They don't care about those things anymore.

    September 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Seriously

    Sen. Obama is not recieving an apology for being called muslim... or anything for that matter... when it came directly from the McCain campaign

    Obama has not directed any of this attention on Gov. Palin... maybe herself by accepting the VP... He only said to lay off to the media!!!! He is truly a respectable man.

    People should be noting this quality... noting the Republicans' ability to be nasty and dirty (also racist and sexist)... People should be noting the poor judgement of the Republicans as we speak...

    Oh yeah, Obama is asking everyone over text to donate to the Red Cross... to help these people in the Gulf... McCain is giving a speech and flying back delegates... but not calling off a convention... sad

    September 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Sharon Schmuhl

    The RNC needs to proceed as planned. Gustav is a weather problem, not the entire country's problem. McCain and President Bush are doing their jobs respectively in giving the weather situation attention. The people involved chose to live in coastal areas and know the perils, if not before Katrina, certainly after.
    I live in a tornado area, we have alerts all the time. We have high wind and flooding, but it is not the people's problem, it is ours and the insurance companies!

    September 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Shotgun



    September 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. tedious898

    mc ,

    You can make stuff up as you go. It doesn't mean those are the facts. Who are you calling hypocrites? It sounds like you're saying Palin should be proud to have a teenage pregnant daughter. I'm really thinking that's a mistake and a failure in some regards to the traditional family structure. But I agree with Obama....The kids are off limits. We need not politicize it.

    So...let's see if I'm getting this're calling the democrats hypocrits because Palin's daughter got pregnant (i.e. proves she can handle a major family problem – therefore knows what to do about lose nukes?????????) Importantly Barack says "leave her alone" I'm just sorry Obama didn't say how to respond to idiots like you.

    September 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Chuck


    Considering the single mother statistics and the crime statistics among registered Democrats, I wouldn't be throwing stones about Governor Palin's daughter and husband!!

    As for Governor Palin's lack of experience should she become president.... Obama was "allowed" to boost his experience level by recruiting Biden, why then wouldn't Palin be able to do so?

    THINK PEOPLE!!!! Stop voting like this is American Idol!!! This is not a popularity contest, it's about the survival of our country as a nation. Obama will allow the slow dismantling and outlawing of all things American. He is a socialist.

    Please THINK!!!

    September 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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