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. randy from canada

    I keep seeing post about democratic "hate" speech. Can someone who is accusing the democrats of this provide a link?

    And as for attacking families, wasn't it intimated about Obama that he was a muslim? Wasn't his wife attacked for saying that "for once she was proud to be American?

    The republicans are the hypocrites....

    September 1, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. paul


    September 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. mary

    I want to know how the GOP can say no big deal to the DUI by Palin's husband when it is my understanding the Biden's wife and young daughter were killed by a drunk driver!!!!!!!!!!!!! His two sons horribley injured.
    It may be 24 years later, but the look of pain in that young man's face as he spoke at the DNC showed that the pain is there regardless of when it happened
    I am shocked that they are downplaying an action that has caused so much pain to so many
    Please post this one, it is important that people see both sides of the DUI story

    September 1, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Unshrub

    We need more sex education in schools, especially in the red states. They have a higher teen age pregnancy rate then blue states.

    The last three conservatives in office have run up huge deficits and the only time we had a balanced budget was with a tax and spend democrat. I think we need more of these tax and spend democrats.

    September 1, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. What a Train Wreck

    The McCain/Palin ticket is a nightmare.

    We've got a presidential candidate with anger issues, that is subject to angry outbursts, is already 72 years old, and makes jokes about rape and abuse of women.

    And the VP nominee apparently has lots of skeletons in her closet – under an ethics investigation, preaches abstinence and other extremely conservative values while her own family ignores them.

    And even more allegations might be in the wings.

    September 1, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. beckyofthewoods

    Not to worry Palin is going to help the republicans win this election.
    She is strikes me as very real and true to her convictions I love it

    September 1, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. disappointed

    As the mother of a 16 year old daughter I am profoundly disappointed with the news of Gov Palin's daughter. This is not a leader I want representing or influencing the youth of America...this is something I have come to expect tfrom reckless celebrities who are out of touch with reality but cannot find it acceptable for Gov Palin to push her pro-life, no options, views on women of America but apparently does not teach restraint to her own children. I cannot imagine where this country is headed if we are unfortunate enough to continue with Republican certainly will not be with my support. I commend Obama for taking the high road...cannot imagine he would get the same support from the Republicans if the tables were turned.

    September 1, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. PHT

    After reading these democrats' messages, I know why Michelle Obama said that "this is a down right mean country" Some of you guys are just hateful. Those of you who would change who you are voting for because of Palin's daughter don't know what you are voting for. How about voting for principles? So, you abandon what you believe in and vote based on a pregnancy?I am glad to know that Palin just doesn't talk the talk. She is willing to practice what she preaches even when it isn't popular.

    September 1, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Gene

    Republicans want us to believe that they care about people, and some people 're falling for their election tactics, 3 yrs ago Katriana happened what was their reaction–nothing. Republicans have been in power since 8 yrs–what did they gave us lies, hardship, misery, deficit..........enough alrady.

    September 1, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Lee from FL

    repubs are on the wrong side of history

    September 1, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Kelby in Houston

    Dear Lesser evil,
    You don't like her politics, but you are willing to hire this person to be a politician. You are voting for this person for a political office. Sure she's got strength poise and blah blah blah. She stands firm on her principals, WHICH ARE AT ODDS WITH YOURS...
    Are you serious

    September 1, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Dori in AZ

    The Palin pregnancy announcement was orchestrated much like the Edwards' affair announcement.

    Let's slip it to them while they're busy focusing on something else!

    September 1, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Matt - Bethlehem, PA

    The nerve of you Republicans to say that this unwed 17 year old child of the VP candidate is none of anyone's business....VP Nominee Palin has proudly paraded her ultra-conservative morals and agenda before us all to see because John McCain wants her as VP of The United States. Now this ultra-conservative mom, is in a moral family crisis of her own....if she has no influence over her own children, how will she run a country or deal with international crisis?

    Once again it shows how hypocritical the Republican Party is...they want to force their ultra-conservative views on everyone else, but for the sake of this election they'll keep the unqualified, less than moral example of Palin family on the GOP ticket.....That is so sad!!!

    September 1, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. aliousalam FL

    The convention will tell you to live with 4 more years of lies, killings, wars, economic suicide, and more

    IF you like that, vote repuks.

    IF not, Vote Obama

    September 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Shy

    As an undecided voter, I am already tired of hearing about Palin's lack of experience for VP. May I ask where is Obama's, who is running as President?

    September 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Richard

    I really think that tomorrow, the GOP will roll out Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson as McCain's new VP.

    September 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. santorina

    we preach privacy only when its republicans but not with democrats. lets leave the palins alone with teanage pregnancy just as perkins the big jesus follower has said but he will be the first to acuse clinton and call for impeachment when he strayed in the office. christainity !!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. steve dumford, Scotts valley ca.

    Laughable how people think McCain would dump Sarah Palin because her daughter is pregnant. Shows how incredibly ignorant alot of Obamabots are . WAY too much Kool Aid. Sarah Palin is obviously a proud, honest, strong, capable woman who is facing the same challenges that millions of Americans face. She is fully supporting her daughter and promises to stand behind her. Good for her. She was honest and forthwright about this matter, way better than some Democrats I can think of. The Obamabots should also be ashamed of themselves in starting the rumor that Sarah Palin is not the real Mother of her young infant with Downs syndrome. What nasty, vile haters. Was a liberal independent until I started reading all the nastiness in these blogs by Obmas supporters. Now, I'm voting for McCain/Palin.

    September 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. happytoday

    Looks to me like we have some really genuine people running for the Republican party. Their walk matches their talk. They don't try cover up their flaws. I like the openess. It is inappropriate for the news media to beat the daughter of the VP nominee though. This should be a private matter– I always thought it was the Democrats that preached privacy in such issues.
    wonderful to have someone from Alaska on the ticket. Refreshing! we need new blood in Washington!

    September 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Paul

    The Republicans are using Hurricane Gustav as an excuse to dump Bush and Cheney from the convention. They get to avoid looking like more of the same while also avoiding any bad press from dumping Bush. This is a much smarter strategy than in 2005, when McCain and Bush literally ate cake while the nation watched New Orleans drown.

    September 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Tru Conservative

    Another proof of "Conservative Republican" HYPOCRISY. Palin, an advocate of abstinence-only education advocate (preaching no sex until married) , has a seventeen year old pregnant child at home? If that is not hypocrisy i don't know what IS.

    September 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. John F. Kennedy

    Seems ironic that a hurricane is putting a damper on the republican convention.

    September 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Steve

    It is kind very funny how the Republicans add posts saying they were Hillary supporters but have switched to McCain since he nominated Palin.. Do they expect anyone to believe that any of Hillary's supporters will support Palin just because she is a woman?? PALIN IS THE EXACT OPPOSIT OF HILLARY!! While I was a Hillary supporter who considered switching to McCain, his poor choice of a VP nominee has cemented my support for Obama.. Right now, there is absolutely nothing that could make me vote for McCain.. I truly believe that he would be an even worse President than Bush, and up until a couple days ago, I never would have thought that was possible...

    September 1, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. John S

    The RNC is suspending events because they feel they aren't supposed to celebrate when thousands are suffering and possibly dying? Well, millions of people are suffering the consequences of the Bush/Cheney policies, and thousands are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. How about they just cancel the whole convention?

    September 1, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Mike from Indiana

    Are those confederate uniforms I see on the Tx delegates?Let me guess,they are a historical society representing their heritage.

    September 1, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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