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. Palin= Stalin

    How can Sarah Palin support unequal pay for men and women? How can she not support women getting paid the same as a man?

    Say no to stupidity.

    McCain/Palin- NO

    Obama/Biden- YES

    September 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. JOHN

    Uh........not that Im a fan of Obama or anything, but the former secretary of the Dem convention made that comment, not Obamas gang, get your facts straight. And second, the email list actually is the reason that obama has raised on average 57 mill a month while mccain relies on big lobby money to raise around 25-30 mill a month,, umm yea....get you facts straigth again Kris.
    But I do think it is good that the RNC is suspending the convention to help out, and Im glad both candidates are making an effort....again political divison should end, its not about republciasn or democrats helpin,g we are doing s oas americans

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

    Laura Bush stated this morning that Palin was qualified to be President because she had experience as a mayor.

    Cindy McCain stated Sunday Palin had national security experience because Alaska was next to Russia.


    Are you willing to take a chance that the welfare and safety of your own children, may at sometime in the future be the responsibility of the Republican party that actually believes that anyone, male or female, with experience as a city council member and the mayor of a village of 9.000 for 8 of her 10 years of “executive” experience, actually qualifies the candidate for the top office in the land?

    The same Republican party believes that the fact that the state, which has a total population of less than the city of Atlanta, and which she is the current governor of for all of 20 months, during which time she has already come under the cloud of possibly abusing the power of her office. and is currently being investigated, is actually qualified for national security because the state is next to Russia?

    No matter how you may feel about the Democratic ticket at least the one with the lesser experience was ELECTED, and made a VP selection of someone who would bring balance the ticket The Republican VP was SELECTED by one man that actually believes the Republican statements outlined above.

    You parents out there need to think long and hard about this ticket but more importantly about the Republican party which is apparently so welling to cater to the Far Right that the entire Republican party is willing to put your own kids future in jeopardy, just so they can win an election?

    How exactly is that considered "Country First"?

    September 1, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. patrick

    Kris, its called "Donors" thats what the email list is for. im sure you read that in the article, yet chose to read what you wanted to read.

    Furthermore, how much do you really think Mccain can do anymore then anybody else. He is NOT president!

    It s all on Bush!!

    September 1, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Rob

    the McCain campaign is a complete disaster – it's just been announced that Palins 17 year old daughter is 5 months pregnant. So much for conservative values. Palin obviously wasn't even vetted. McCain isn't fit to lead a parade never mind a country.

    September 1, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Bobby

    Obama has been helping people in need for years he started right after law school dummy kris looks like you dont know about Obama so you should keep your thoughts to your self the republican failed the last time when it came to katrina they are trying not to repeat their failure they cant afford to in this political year

    September 1, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Peter

    This is the political world and what we expect is the truth and ready to face the realities of life not false and unnecessary politics. Ladies go ahead but strategically.

    September 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. John in Charlotte NC

    Obama is calling on his network of volunteers to do what they can to help. God bless and save the people in the New Orleans area.

    September 1, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Tim, mississippi

    Laura should come to her senses and her democratic roots, and

    ditch the fool and his repugnant handlers, and

    join her twins who support obama.


    September 1, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Leskie

    Why don't they use all that money donated to Katrina victims and use that? oh, sorry, the 'government lost it'.

    September 1, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Jack

    It figures, the republicans want to hide dick and george so they bring out the ladies to cover for them.

    September 1, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. TEXAN for OBAMA!!!

    Okay, so Michelle speaks on the first night of the DNC Convention and does an excellent job! Now, all of a sudden Cindy McCain is speaking on the first night of the RNC convention. BE ORIGINAL!!!

    Kris – As for as the comments on the hurricane, instead of pointing to the Obama camp, you need to turn to James Dobson who prayed for rain on the day of Obama's speech.

    And Kris, what did the Bush administration do about helping people in need? Thousands of people died in N.O. So please, I know the brillance of Obama and his staff is upsetting the heck out of you (e-mail list comment), but please, c'mon give honor to whom honor is due – BARACK OBAMMA!!!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 1, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. BK

    Thanks Mrs. Bush and Mrs. McCain. Obama will call his email list. The thoughts of Obama leading this country scare me to death. Everyone looks at the glitz and the glimmer and don't listen to the words. If we don't quit spending and balance the budget, China will own this country.

    September 1, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Robert

    God Bless these 2 ladies! I am happy that these 2 ladies have always loved America and have been proud of our country! I am happy the GOP and RNC will put the people first during this national crisis. I have now decided to vote for McCain/Palin!

    September 1, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Mary in CT

    Obama's "email list" has enabled him to raise record amounts of money for his campaign and for the DNC. If he sends a message directly to his supporters encouraging them to help, there will be a response. He has also made appeals via radio and television. Mrs. Bush and Mrs. McCain are making an announcement at the GOP convention. Everyone should do what they can. Why don't you follow John McCain's example and think like an American instead of like a partisan dittohead?

    September 1, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    To quote Cheney as to these two speaking – "So".
    All they are going to do is try and spin the repub convention into an advertisement about how "partriotic" they are for "giving up" their convention festivities – never mind that it's the HUMANITARIAN thing to do!
    McCain gives us a clue as to how they are going to try and spin this when he says "Lets take of our republican hats and put on our American hats". Can it be any more obvious that the repubs are trying to make patriotic hay rather than genuine concern for fellow citizens?
    Don't buy this necon BS America!

    September 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Dem for unity

    Not a republican that is for sure but can respect efforts by the 1st Lady and potential 1st Lady to encourage support for relief of the Hurricane. Lets all have the poeple effected by this in our prayers.

    September 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Kelby in Houston

    They haven't even spoken at the convention
    Anyway, the reason that people are in need is because of the GOP. And in order to help the people in need the DNC needs to acquire more Senate seats, enough to block a philabuster or a veto. This is the party that helped strike down the expansion of CHIP, fought global warming and the scientist tooth and nail. This is the party that was all lip service when it came to alternative energy sources and voted against them when the time came. This is the same party that John McCain the Maverick had fight to get them to do the right thing. He earned the title "Maverick" going against this party's initial desire.

    This party has had over the Congress and the executive branch. You have scared Americans into voting you into office in overwhelming numbers across the nation. You put your policies and focus in place with disastrous results. YOU HAVE FAILED US AND YOURSELVES!

    I will watch your convention but sheesh! Could you give me headline speakers that actually effect policy? That's okay. Right now, this party knows it stinks. That's why many of your party members are skipping this convention. But, I won't, I gotta hear this. It's gonna be like a punchline to a bad joke.

    September 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Bobby

    McCain was celebrating his birthday with Bush when Hurricane Cathrina hit all of a sudden the bushes and the mccains care when elections are up

    September 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. fred

    See, this is what COUNTRY FIRST really means.

    September 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Dave from Gainesville

    Maybe Cindy will say once again that Palin's foreign policy experience arises from the fact that "Alaska is close to Russia"?

    September 1, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Jon

    Senator McCain voted against Katrina relief multiple times in he's helping out the Louisiana region? or is it because he's trying to gain some votes much like him picking the inexperienced Sarah Palin to gain disgruntled Hillary voters. No Way, No How, NO MCCAIN!

    September 1, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. pat C.


    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. D. Stein

    Okay, this is the McCain I have known for the last 25 years...part of the Keating 5...such good judgment and depth of character...too bad for the Repbulican party. Great way to keep the attention off the issues!!!

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Anthony Caudill

    Since when do campaigns raise money for charities? That is misrepresentation at its worst, and shows just how low McCain really is.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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