September 1st, 2008
04:08 PM ET
10 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.

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Ken

    Oh dear god. Unbelievable! All the neo-moron, neo-religious [R]ightwing media darlings are gonna come out now, and show off their best hypocrisy to spin this as a plus "for their side".

    This is the same anti-reality dogma that leads these nitwits to call the failings of the last 8 years a "success", and then request the rest of the [R] lemmings to vote for yet another round of failure.

    It would take a real serial-moron to vote [R] this time.

    September 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. teddy stevens

    i wonder if Hagee will make an appearance for McCain and his vp.
    maybe they will make a joint appaerance in New Orleans ?
    Hagee and prager will make another annoucement for them .

    September 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. islandhunterbob

    I hope the national news media leaves the fact that Sara Palins daughter is pregnant ,alone. That is a personal family matter that has nothing to do with her pick as V.P. I know for sure the very liberal MSNBC and most likely CNN will jump on it, even tho they can't expose any of the very bad doings of the Democratic candidates. I'm sure many many American voters realise how slanted our new media really is.. Why can't they tell the facts only about the candidates instead of digging up the dirt that doesn't matter anyway.

    September 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. obama all the way


    First- Obama has said he would NOT jump into Palin's family business, so I believe your beef is with the national media.

    OR perhaps it should be with your presidentail candidate McCain for making such a poor choice, not vetting his candidate before nomination or having poor judgement in this case.

    It is not the media's fault that they have to do McCains work for him.

    September 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Loretta from California

    This is one convention that I won't be watching. CNN, please stay with what really matters. The people of Louisiana are in our hearts and prayers.

    September 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. GA for Obama

    mc- EXCUSE ME!?!! Obama told his supporters (including me) to back off Palin's family

    September 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. eugene

    i cant believe the media is not talking about the scandal about sarah up in alaska forget about her daughter teenagers do get pregnant,but she tried to use her political power to get people fired,now this is very serious because we just went thru 8 years of this with bush in his gang,the word is she will be indicted very soon

    September 1, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Nevada dude

    Palin's family situation, amusing as it may be, is small potatoes compared to the dangerous implications of her selection of VP candidate. calling up a lightweight from the minor leagues is indicative of the Republican Partys near complete collapse, as none of their seasoned veterans come with unpalatable baggage.



    HELL NO!!!

    OBAMA BIDEN 08!!!

    September 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |


    September 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |

    Who is interested in watching the republican convention after 8yrs of misery? I haven't seen one close to me OR have we forgotten to quickly that George Bush is still in power?

    September 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Ken

    The biggest collection ever of serial-morons was just gaveled to order.

    I plan on watching, just to see what a real waste of space looks like.
    With all the news of disasters, natural and personal, that have accompanied the opening of this burlesque show, it had taken on the aura of being guided by witchcraft or even the 'anti-christ'. But now I hear 'he' will not be there; 'he' is flying around LA telling everyone 'his' pilot war stories and reminding them that 'he' is the "decider".

    September 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Seriously

    Sharon... it is not about the people choosing to live in thee areas... It is about the response and aid needed to help them. You are truly a sad American to leave others out threre.... dying and suffering like what happened three years ago...

    Also, if you ever lived in a area like that, you would understand that it is not the winds or hurricane... it is the floods that come after... Good ole global warming... that Sarah happens to be against is causing this and your tornadoes...

    September 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Sandy

    Why are people getting arrested at the Convention? Do they realize there are other matters that come first. I guess they don't know about the Hurricanes or just don't care. The Convention be held back was in good taste.

    September 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Senator McCain’s choice for a running mate is beyond belief. By choosing Sarah Palin, McCain has clearly made a decision to continue the Bush legacy of destructive environmental policies.

    “Sarah Palin, whose husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum), has repeatedly put special interests first when it comes to the environment. In her scant two years as governor, she has lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, pushed for more drilling off of Alaska’s coasts, and put special interests above science. Ms. Palin has made it clear through her actions that she is unwilling to do even as much as the Bush administration to address the impacts of global warming. Her most recent effort has been to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science. As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration.

    “This is Senator McCain’s first significant choice in building his executive team and it’s a bad one. It has to raise serious doubts in the minds of voters about John McCain’s commitment to conservation, to addressing the impacts of global warming and to ensuring our country ends its dependency on oil.”

    September 1, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Sarah Palin=Phyllis Schafly

    It is good that the Republicans are going to collect money and make other donations.

    HOWEVER, they need to do it quietly, not brag about it.

    Otherwise it is not much different than walking up and down streets, handing the stuff out, and asking for votes.

    September 1, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. islandhunterbob

    I must add more. I've noticed in reading some of the comments that the Obama backers seem to think he will make good choices for the Supreme Court, not very likely unless you want more freedoms and rights removed. Obama even has stated he would do away with the Second Amendment. I for one do not want to live in an Anarchist society. Give me my freedom to make it or break it on my own without Government intervention.

    September 1, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Ricky

    it’s so easy to say your pro life out of love in a relationship, but if you’re a 14 yr girl who has been abused and is pregnant by a family member were suppose to deal with it...I will not have my life’s ruined and not have another Childs life destroyed because a kids giving birth to another kid. The choice of birth is up to the mother and that’s and “abstinence” is the best way to stop "UNWANTED" pregnancy’s...and one more thing ask that 16 yr old girl did she know about condoms and did she want kids at 16?

    September 1, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Nathan Klintworth

    What I find interesting is if you don't vote for Obama,some people might call you a racist but if you don't for McCain, people might call you a sexists.What ever happen to voting for someone that just supports your views?

    September 1, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Michael G- Ventura ca

    I'msorry- but there IS no ORDER to that party anymore. Unless they have been living in another country, or on another planet for the last eight years- I can see no reason to even listen to their rhetoric. We have the experience of living through what their policies represent.
    Thanks, but no thanks.

    September 1, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Tristan

    What I find funny is that a certain repub backer said he was "praying for rain" on the DNCC... haha, tables turned and now it's raining on their parade....


    September 1, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Gloria

    Let us not be too hard on McCain...He is past the point of desperation and is now gasping for air.
    CNN news article did not state how many aid bags McCain packed. Probably just one so he could get his picture taken.

    September 1, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. mccain

    McCain raises $47 million in August, that's news, please put this up CNN, that should quell the Palin story!

    September 1, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Obama is risky and he is a roll of the dice

    Be sure and go with McCain.

    Let's not be lame, go with McCain

    McCain will protect our values and our country

    September 1, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. angleinlet

    I respect the VPs daughter for carrying the baby and being out in the open about it. This really is a private matter though. The GOP has chosen a great team to run. No doubt their honesty and patriotism and self sacrifice will help them win this election. McCain is the best.

    September 1, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. NY4Obama

    A brilliant disaster photo Op. for the Rep-robates. Good going John Bush.

    September 1, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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