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. An Independent Hillary

    Looking forward to hearing from both these fine speakers tonight!

    September 1, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. still love Hill

    Well, the weather crisis created a impromptu opportunity for the Republicans that undermines Obama's fabulous Thursday promoting....oh, yeah, himself.

    not that I am suggesting the DNC would not have responded similarily...I am sure they would have. But I firmly believe, and you can get mad if you want...that it would have eaten at BO's craw if he had to '86 the stone pillar thingy.

    September 1, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. jt

    Good sign sign of good leadership.

    McCain, said "country first." Lets us think about thoes people in danger first. Then do the convention.

    McCain/Palin, you got my vote.

    September 1, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. n jean

    you must be kidding, Kris~ Have you've forgotten how President Bush and John McCain's attitude towards the Katrina crisis? There's a photos of them celebrating McCain's birthday during the crisis? The ONLY reason they are "acting" as if they care is because of the upcoming election. They are phonies.

    Its a joke!

    September 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. TX Democrat

    It is always encouraging to see Americans come together to aid other Americans, regardless of the motives. Unfortunately, some idiots will use it to make partisan and stupid comments.

    September 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. williefloyd

    Thanks be to TNT and Law & Oder Reruns.

    How much money has Obama raised on his e-mail list? You might just be surprised ! If by Fraud you mean Joe Biden, you obviously don't know him very well. Do a little research on his accomplishments and you just might change your mind!!


    September 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. AGO

    these women are just trying to put on a good show, where was mrs. bush during the last hurricane??? the republican party is just using this to try to get votes, BUT I don't think it will work, they've messed up our country long enough, it's time for them to GOOOOOOOO!!!! GO Obama & Biden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we need you.

    September 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. independentmind

    both nice ladies,but ,their spouses are intent on maintaining 50 bases in iraq. the iraqi people want us out. the world wants us out. the majority of american people want us out. why does bush and mccain want to stay? oil or staging area for attacks on iran. there is no other reason to keep spending 12 billion a month there. kris? can you explain why we should stay in iraq when noone wants us there, not even your fellow countrymen/women? you are the one who sounds hateful and mean.

    September 1, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. carolflowery

    two fine ladies indeed

    September 1, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. The Lady

    Kris, when talking in the professional world you do not call a campaign a 'gang'. I am sorry but someone from the RNC stated they hoped it rain on the DNC, where were you then? I really do not care who will be speaking this week, I will not be watching any of it.

    September 1, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Lee from FL

    CNN has no mention of McCain and bush having birthday celebrations while people were dying during hurricane Katrina.

    Might as well they go on with their convention, wont be any different from the last time, now pretending like they care

    September 1, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Anthony

    Trust the republican party to turn people's misfortune into political gain. What happened to FEMA and all the governmental agencies that are helping the victims. I forgot, NRC = Red Cross. Please stop this attempt to blackmail or bamboozle people regarding the elections. George W. Bush is a republican and we all know where he and McCain were during Katrina. All that said, don't forget that Obama's email list has raised the highest campaign contributions in the history of this US of America. So if that list moves, you can be sure that McSame and gang will be buried.
    Bob Barr 08

    September 1, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. lisa

    give me a break, Kris. McShame is drawing resources away from the hurricane responders and obviously milking this disaster for all it's worth. During Katrina McShame was partying and eating birthday cake with Bush. Do you Americans have any memory at all?
    This is great for McShame. So many repubs weren't showing up anyway, and now having bush drop out is the best thing to happen to his campaign.

    September 1, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Bruce

    I am a firm supporter of Obama. But at this moment, all I can say, all that is important is God – please protect the people in danger from this storm. They do not deserve further torment. They do not deserve to be pawns in a political game. At this moment, their safety is more important than political posturing from anyone.

    September 1, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. nonpartisan

    Thankfully a level2 storm now, skimming the city – great that both Democrats and Republicans are doing their best to help – let's not make political hay out of this eh? It's about peoples lives.

    September 1, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Teddy Teddy

    The Republicans are old fashioned and do not really understand politics. It is high time the surrender to Obama Camp as they have lost touch. John Mccain is an old man and must take a rest and look after his family. For the fact that he has worn the US Army uniforms cannot make folks to elect him as President of USA. For a 72 year old man, he is only trying to make history as the oldest US President. Somebody who cannot remember how many houses he's got, do not know how to use computer and above all, chooses a lady who do not know anything outside Alaska as Vee Pee. That is to tell you how smart his brain is working. Quit now John MacCain.

    Teddy Alfred.
    Johannesburg South Africa.

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

    Maybe Obama's campaign can text his database members to request permission to contribute half of his campaign war chest to gulf coast charities?

    Then Obama can follow through on his promise to accept public financing?

    September 1, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. jay in CA


    yes the e-mail list is one part of it. actually including people on a disaster to help out is putting our country first, which we all do, not just repubs.

    where was mccain when katrina hit? o yeah, celebrating his birthday with his twin brother GW.

    September 1, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Shawn

    My money is still on Obama's email list. That'll help more, just you see.

    September 1, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. paul oregon

    youd be surprised on what obama and his e-mail list can get done. does mc cain and bush even have a e-mail list?

    September 1, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Bulldog

    While I respect Laura Bush she and other GOP talking heads are now using the gender card. How dare you speak or say anything bad about Sarah Palin, if you do your being sexist. Maybe that's why the media has not given a true picture of who Sarah Palin really is, they are afraid of being called sexist. Laura Bush today used the gender card. What is truly sexist is if you vote for someone because of their gender on not based on the issues. These people are trying to put Palin on a pedestal because she is a woman. She is not a trophy. She is just another politicians who has certain policies and views that need to be looked at very closely.

    September 1, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Marge Hibbing Mn

    All that money obama has """"collected""""" he ought to donate some.

    September 1, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Jose Cardenal

    good thing they held back on the convention. i am sure Katrina still lingers in the minds of the ones who were irreponsible last time.
    RNC nothing but pandering lobbyist.

    September 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. whybuffetmatters

    All about manipulation of voters. How come the same concern didn't exist during Katrina and Rita? Oh I see.. election year stunts!!! I voted Republican but can't stand this now. And, Sarah Palin nomination stinks even more.

    September 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. joebama

    It is election time and the repubs want to try and help out minorities maybe if Katrina would have happened during an election the repubs would have cared than Bush and McCain would not have been eating cake.

    September 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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