September 1st, 2008
11:39 AM ET
10 years ago

RNC confirms: Laura Bush and Cindy McCain to speak tonight

Laura Bush and Cindy McCain will address the convention.

Laura Bush and Cindy McCain will address the convention.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – Cindy McCain and first lady Laura Bush will appear before the Republican convention Monday to encourage people to donate to the relief efforts in the Gulf region, a senior McCain campaign official told reporters in a conference call.

Watch: Cindy McCain and Laura Bush meet some delegates

Republican officials have dramatically scaled back the first day of the convention as Hurricane Gustav slammed into the Louisiana coast. In addition to Bush and McCain appearances, the convention will perform the bare bones official business needed to start the convention. Rick Davis, John McCain’s campaign manager, emphasized that all political activity will be suspended for the time being.

“We hope to regain our schedule at some point,” Davis said.

Davis also said that Target and FedEx will help convention attendees and the Red Cross send care packages to the Gulf region. Later in the week, delegates, staff and other volunteers will meet in Minneapolis to assemble the care packages. In addition, the McCain campaign is setting up a phone bank in the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis to raise money for Gulf Coast charities.

soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Kris

    Good Job Ms. Bush & Ms. McCain!!!!
    The obama gang's comments about the RNC convention – and our current first lady are a Disgrage to your guy!

    What exactly will the DNC and obama/FRAUD do about helping people in need – oh – call up his e-mail list – that will really help!

    September 1, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. common sense

    What a great First Lady Laura Bush has been. Let's hope that the next first lady is as eloquent as she was.

    September 1, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. DeeJam - Los Angeles

    I don't want to seem cynical with such a great effort to help. My only thought on all of this is that I think the McCain campaign is somewhat relieved that they don't have to compete with the DNC's convention. This potential disaster gave them their out. Nonetheless, good job RNC. I would have hated to see you all attempting to party when a big part of our country is suffering. You did well.

    September 1, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. eugene


    September 1, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Get Real

    The funny thing is Gustav gave Bush/McCain the perfect excuse not to have Lil'bush Wack George speak. No one cares about Bush and it will show on McCain

    Once again RNC will use women ... Palin, Laura, Cindy and who ever else let's them play them.

    September 1, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Margaret


    I guess it's better than having to suffer through Shrub or McCain.

    September 1, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Matt

    Watch out Obama's got something up his sleeve. He's not an idiot, and his campaign staff knows what they're doing, and I'm sure they know to deal with the unexpected. Remember that Wright scandal, how Obama just flawlessly destroyed that thing, or even his wife's weird USA comments that one day? Boom! Then for VP, he ripped apart experience criticisms. Obama is in now the "safe choice" which is a strange irony, but I'm sure he knows what to add some juice to that role.

    September 1, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. E.C.Coleman

    GREAT! Two of the finest ladies in political circles will be speaking. Both are wonderful speakers and models for the GOP. Way to Go! Looks like N.O. escaped the 'big one' and both Bush and McCain will be able to attend the Convention!

    September 1, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Jan

    Thank goodness someone cares about the American people. I am disgraced and disgusted about high profile democrats clapping in glee about the hurricane disrupting the Rep convention. I have news for you haters-an extravaganza debacle costing millions is not what America is all about. It was for Obama, Oprah, Gore and that poor joke of a VP candidate. Appears that the Republicans are super organized for this disaster–different than democrats who ran the state with Katrina.

    September 1, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. I don't believe it!

    Republican are only talking this stuff to get political gain.. They got their butts kicked last time (of course under GWB watch) Even after the the Hurricane happen last time we sat 5 days in water. (Under GWB watch) I was still living in a Trailer (under GWB watch) McCain, didn't do anything to help, only the Democrats.. So don't think you are going to make me change my mind.. I'm sick and tired of GWB and the Republican party, they are not help to us POOR People.

    Cindy & Lori are both rich! Both have been rich all their lives. Cindy was born with a silver spoon. So she has no knowledge to know what us POOR people feel!

    September 1, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. True Independant

    Republicans are attempting to save face, we remember Katrina and will never forget. Stop the pandering!

    Obama/Binden 08'

    September 1, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Lisa in NC

    Not having bush/ cheney speak is the best thing Mcsame has going for him at their convention. At least Laura can put a sentence together.
    Not that I would want hear it.

    September 1, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Gary Chandler in Canada

    The medium storm, Gustav, was actually a political gift to the Red team.
    #1. It gave Bush and Cheney a quick out.
    #2. They will SPIN all the previously confirmed 'no shows' into hurricane caused no shows.
    #3. It took the extremely poor VP choice out of the head lines.
    A badly divided and poorly attended convention, now, will not be seen. They got lucky!
    (CNN make a list of those who had declared they would not attend, BEFORE Gustav reared its head.)

    September 1, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |

    Barack Obama and Joe Biden don't stand a chance against John McCain and Sarah Palin.
    McCain and Palin WILL clean up Washington.
    I like John McCain. He has guts. Sarah Palin will make an excellent President for this country in 2012. This is a very smart lady with a good heart. She's young and full of piss and vinagar.SHE will be good for this country just as John McCain will be.
    She truly is a breath of fresh air.

    Kinda makes obama and his gang look even more dirty.

    September 1, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. M

    Kris, leave your hate comments at home where they belong.

    September 1, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Billy

    Will they explain why Palin lied about the bridge to nowhere?

    September 1, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. leslie

    When McCain is back in the Senate maybe he will vote next time for Katrina relief.

    September 1, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Mike in Houston


    I agree with you completely. I lived overseas for over 10 years, which means I have more foreign policy experience that Obama. What a joke that guy is, and Biden only adds to the misery.

    September 1, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Dave

    Hey Kris:

    Can't you tell political stunts when you see them, wake up. Everything the RNC is doing now is a pathetic attempt to save face after what happened with Katrina. If it wasn't an election year John McCain wouldn't give a flip about Louisiana.

    Las Vegas, NV

    September 1, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. mama4obama

    Kris- maybe you have forgotten about the McCain campaign doing the "rain dance" in hopes of a rainfall during the DNC convention.

    What goes around comes back should know better.

    and...FYI....RNC and McCain are just following suit....Obama and Biden already beat them to the punch on raising money for the gulf region.

    September 1, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Christie

    Well tlhat's good that the two ladies have sense enough to push for some help. Last year was totally different when Busn was attending McCain's birthday party and neither of those two cared then or now. It's all political for McCain to get coverage!

    September 1, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. ryan

    Im glad there asking for help now that it is an election year, where were they 3 years ago when katrina hit....oh yea No WHERE TO BE FOUND

    September 1, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    The Republicans will no doubt use their admirable efforts to rally charity and volunteers for the inadmirable goal of defending their neglect for our infrastructure. Don't fall for the spin.

    September 1, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Awet okbay

    Please get this right America, we have the Dream Ticket right before us, making history for Election Year 2008. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will bring us hope again, changes that we so desparetly need and have needed for the last 8 years. I could go on forever when it comes to the Bush Administration but I shouldn't have too if you have been living in the same country I have, hearing a Huge Sucking Sound as our jobs are being sucked to China faster than the winds of Gustav could ever match. PLEASE for all of you Hillary Supporters, and you Undecided Voters.. November 4th, 2008 Vote for Barack Obama to be the Next President of the United States of America. Something has to GIVE/ Changes have to be made or we will eventually be a third world country, this is a very serious election, take it serious and VOTE OBAMA. Yes we can and Yes we will!!!
    Awet Okbay

    September 1, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Rob

    wow–the Bush women talk .

    September 1, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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