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. Deborah, Pittsburgh PA

    Speaking of Cindy, she thinks that living next to Russia qualifies Sarah Palin for having foreign policy experience. God help us if McCain and Palin find it into the whitehouse. Maybe McCain pretends to care about hurricanes during election years, but let's remember that he and Bush were enjoying his birthday cake on a tarmac during Katrina.

    September 1, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Shmoe


    It's quite amazing that you can spin the fact that because this Gustav is happening during the RNC (and the party has the full attention of the media) that somehow because the DNC is over, Obama and his campaign are doing nothing other than emailing people. Take a step back and look at your statements for a second - a rational person would realize what they're saying.

    September 1, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. sacto joe

    Who cares? They aren't being nominated for President, like the flip-flopper Senator McCain who recently changed his mind about how important experience is to a potential Presidental candidate. They aren't being nominated for VP like Governor Palin, the female Dick Cheney.

    We don't need liars and right wing bigots in the White House. Eight years is ENOUGH!

    September 1, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. S. Boatman

    Cindy Mccain Is Going To Give A Speech Saying That Since Alaska Is Close To Russia That Means Palin Has Forge Policy Credentials! Ha Ha Ha! I Live In The State That Houses The Stealth Bombers. . . So I Am Qualified To Fly One! Ha Ha Ha!

    September 1, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. steve dumford, Scotts valley ca.

    So much for Greek Columns ,football stadiums and idol worship. Good job McCain.

    September 1, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. La Raza

    I like Laura, too bad she is married to an incompetent monkey.

    September 1, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Yinka

    It is politics as usual for the Bush/McCain who would use the sad event of Gustav as a political weapon. They belong to the same group who had been praying for another terrorist attack (of the like of 9/11) to show what they consider as McCain's strength (which in reality is McCain's love for war). The same group who was praying for rain to rain out Obama's acceptance speech.

    America, please let us not vote McCain and his team as they are no good for this great nation

    September 1, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Dar'ius J.

    Hopefully they will discuss the Gustave situation instead of their selfishness!!!

    September 1, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Susan

    I am not sure what McCain has on his little hidden agenda. He say's he would like to focus on the American people and put politics aside. But goes to New Orleans to what shake their hand and then what. It is all about politics-which is what he said he would not like to focus on. President Bush should truly be there as he failed the American people during Katrina. What the heck is McCain doing down there.....At least Obama is going to wait and visit after and help out accordingly after the hurricane. He is truly an upfront and honest person not putting politics first by going down there before the hurricane. He is not the president and the only hidden agenda he has is politics while he is down there, SHAME ON HIM!!!!

    September 1, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. no

    These are the women which I don’t want my daughters to emulate. Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton are excellent role models, thank God.

    DEMS UNITED 08! on the right side of history!

    September 1, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Letha

    Sorry Cindy was so offended by Obama comment HOW MANY HOMES DO YOU MCCAIN OWN. Obama did not ask the question and cannot help if OLD MCCAIN DON'T REMEMBER. IT'S PART OF THE AGING PROCESS

    September 1, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    What? No Dick Cheney? No George Bush?

    How...surprising. And convenient.

    September 1, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. McPimp

    I see Karma!
    Im NOT INTERESTED in what Bush have to say NOR 3rd term Bush McCane!!
    See how what goes around comes right back around! The Republicans were wishing and hoping for rain on Obama's convention- (Dobbs) Wow Now look- need I say more!
    I hope Gustav don't rain on the GOP's parade 🙂 but at this point its allll about Karma! They get what they deserve!
    Now I really hope no one gets hurt from this Hurricane!
    God Bless America

    September 1, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |

    What will they discuss? A new war? How to keep ruining the economy? Or how to pick the worst VP in US history.

    September 1, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Yinka

    McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis said “We hope to regain our schedule at some point,”. It is pathetic that McCain's campaign is more concerned about regaining their schedule than they are about the safety and security of Americans in the Gulf coast area that are under the Gustav seige.

    You should be ashamed of yourself and your campaign

    September 1, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. kane,va

    oh and while people are being displaced once again, we're forced to pay attention to two women who have never had to struggle a day in their lives. brilliant-great idea RNC!

    September 1, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. SH

    Here we go again fear mongering. These woman want equal rights and when you say anything about them it is sexism. It is not going to work this time enought of your 8 years of fear mongering. Rep are nothing but fear and war mongers.

    September 1, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Gloria

    A little overkill, don't you think?? Anything to get a vote McCain.
    Will someone please tell McCain to stay out of the gulf coast area so that the people who are really here to help can do so.

    September 1, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Former McCain Voter

    The Dems need to make the same effort as the Republicans at helping those hurt by Gustav. We can't let McSame and the rest of those Republican fools, especially that fanatic running mate, get a bump in the polls because of this.

    September 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. emily

    This convention is a complete disaster and I'm glad that Hurricane Gustav completely took attention away from the Republicans. And nobody is coming and they don't want to hear these two talk and open their mouths! Obama is doing so much more than McCain!<333 OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Texans for Obama

    Good for both of you. I hope you show the agonizing pictures that they showed on 60 minutes last night on Katrina, and all of the African Americans begging for help from your husband's, Republican administration who basically let the city drown.

    Thanks but no thanks, we don't need 4 more years of a lousy administration you represent. Anyone for President is better than McCain who is another 4 more years of the George W Bush, and anyone who is in their right mind would not cast a vote for McCain and his policcies of the past. He is old school we need new leadership as President! Go Obama.Biden. You will win by a large landslide!

    September 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Matt

    One has to question the genuineness of the Republican concern for the hurricane victims after their handling of Katrina.

    September 1, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Don

    At a time like this, trashing one party or the other is simply unamerican. It's great that these two ladies are engaging in effort to help those in need. I don't care what their real agenda is but I think that is quite obvious as we remember the past. Obama is supportive too but everyone has their own way of helping. Should he plaster his face all over and engage in the political pandering? Think not...he is too American. too Presidential and too smart to use politics during this time of disaster. Let's give both sides our support in their individual efforts to help out! This is America we are supposed to be concerned about not our political future as some are making this out to be.

    September 1, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. No Socialist, NY

    I'm glad the Republicans are doing something practical regardless of how it appears to the Democrats. Way to go.

    September 1, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Obama 08

    When is CNN going to start focussing on Palin who as of yet has not had a major interview? This person is running for the second highest office in America and voters de4serve to see her unthethered to McCain and his surrogates.

    September 1, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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