September 2nd, 2008
07:32 AM ET
11 years ago

GOP decides to resume its convention

Delegates attend the Republican convention on Monday.

Delegates attend the Republican convention on Monday.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - The Republican National Convention, cut back Monday because of Hurricane Gustav's arrival on the U.S. Gulf Coast, will resume a full schedule Tuesday, convention officials said.

President Bush will deliver his address, which had been set for Monday, via satellite at 9:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, officials said.

Tuesday's theme will be "Who is John McCain," officials said.

Former Sen. Fred Thompson, who ran in the early GOP 2008 presidential primaries, and Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat's 2000 vice presidential nominee, will deliver prime time speeches following President Bush.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain's choice for vice president, is scheduled to address the GOP convention Wednesday night.

GOP officials said the convention will still have an emphasis on helping those impacted by Gustav's passage through the Gulf states.

The decision to go forward with the convention schedule was made with the agreement of all Gulf coast governors, convention officials said.

soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Matt Murphy

    Great – time for the Republican party get back to business.

    The media's focus needs to be taken away from Palin's family and focus on the real issues that her candidacy presents.

    Why was Sarah Palin a member of the Alaskan Independence Party in the 1990's?

    Should we have a Vice President of the United States who does, or has, supported the independence of one of our states?

    September 2, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  2. Tom in Delaware

    Thank Heaven the people in the Gulf region are safe. Looking forward to the Convention.

    September 2, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  3. LET IT GO

    Who cares what a big blah, it's so painful to watch.

    September 2, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  4. nc

    who care about this convention
    no way no Mccain

    September 2, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  5. Charlotte

    The convention must proceed in order to nominate Senator McCain.

    September 2, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  6. xddy4u

    To keep from vomiting, I'll read about it in the news paper. That way I won't have to actually see those clowns.

    September 2, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  7. ben

    Conventions are a part of American tradition!
    Please! All you blog haters, do not fill this space with nasty, irrevalent comments about the cadidates or their families.
    I will vote for Obama, but I respect the rights of all Americans to be heard.
    Republicans are not the enemy.Because you dot agree,is no reason to spew out verbal insults and downright fabrications.

    September 2, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  8. gene

    I was just watching the news... McCain supporters were being asked what they think of Palin... and whether they're concerned about her lack of experience. You know what they said? It's not about experience.. it's about sound judgment! These are the same people that have been bashing Obama for the last 6 months about the exact same argument! All these people bashing Obama about experience are now saying that it's ok for Palin! The Repubs are truly pathetic creatures... twist anything to make themselves look good.. amazing.

    On another note... and more in tune to this article... look at the picture above... don't you just love the demographic at the repub convention? 🙂 Very representative of the American people.

    September 2, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  9. Mike

    As usual the contradictions in the modern Republican Party abound.
    With the news that Sarah Palin's daughter is pregnant, the Republicans are making more of it as an issue to suppress the "controversy" in case it might somehow be used as a whip by the Democrats. You can be sure if this was 2000 or 2004, The New Right stratgetists would use it with glee.

    More credit goes to Obama for advocating the right to family privacy, a principle the New Right attempted to hijack during the last 8 years

    September 2, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  10. Watermann

    CNN says that senator McCain is worth approximately $ 100 000.000. How is this possible with a salary as an US senator even writing some books?

    September 2, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  11. KMAN

    Oh, the excitement of it all...

    September 2, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  12. randy

    the republican party is going down.i dont care how the spin it.the are using hurrican gustav happening in new orleans as a reason for poor convention.there notin intresting in this political party call republican.

    obama 08

    September 2, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  13. Alex, Scotland

    Just another excuse not to bring Bush into the picture.

    September 2, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  14. patrick

    mccain has not lead anything he is not qualified to be president. his kind is the reason why affirmative action had to be implemented. because people who were way more qualified were over-looked because of inside politicking.he graduated 894 of 899 how does that qualify you to be commander in chief. if it was not for his daddy and grand daddy he would not have even been a pilot. mccain could careless about the united states of america as in evidence in his vp selection a idaho state journalism major be for real. Obama is a harvard law school grad and a constitutional scholar. judgement is the most important trait a commander is chief should have. which obama has displayed time and time again while mccain keeps ready, fire, aim. he has made a mockery out of the oval office.

    September 2, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  15. Ndalio

    Who really cares...

    GOP led this country into a wrong and false direction for the last 8 years!

    Sorry but i don't see how McCain at 72 can bring in new energy into the system!
    We need new ideas

    September 2, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  16. ML - California

    It appeared that Bush was not going to addrress this convention.
    Now, he proably will and it just add more points to McCain as a Bush follower. Why couldn't McCain decide who should speak at his Republican Convention. How dumb!

    September 2, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  17. M.B. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    Move on hypocrates.
    Show us, what kind of idiots you are.

    Like to see Bush cheering for McSame. And all these other freaks too.

    No matter what happens – Obama WILL BECOME PRESIDENT this year 😉

    September 2, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  18. ML - California

    Who is going to pay attention to a speech by Bush at the Convention, whether it be by satellite or it be in person? Bush should just disappear and forget it!

    September 2, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  19. kateJ

    The GOP tried to project that they actually care about the people on the Gulf Coast. This administration showed 3 years ago their true colors. These are the same people that let people die in the streets. They couldn't even provide food and water or infant formula to hungry babies. YET they can provide billions for Iraqi children. WAKE UP America they are not fooling any of us. Now they will continue to celebrate one the poorest decisions ever in supporting their new VP pick. How can the GOP possibly support this woman as potentially our next VP considering McCain's age and health. This is irresponsible! BTW, what Mother leaves her infant child with special needs AND a pregnant teen at home while she shows off on the campaign trail. Is this an example of a Mother with Family Values

    September 2, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  20. Pennsylvania Voter

    For a moment I thought we weren't gonna see old W speak. Would have been a shame not having him there to make the direct comparison to older McCain.

    Glad to hear this.

    September 2, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  21. Republican for Obama

    I wasn't planning to watch the GOP Convention anyway. I wonder why CNN hasn't posed this question on the Quick Vote: How much of the GOP Convention are you planning to watch? They were quick to pose that question of the Democrat Convention. At any rate, I will just catch news updates of the GOP Convention on the various blogs and some mainstream media outlets. I don't feel like sitting through hours of lies, staged performances, and fear tactics.

    September 2, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  22. Anonymous

    PICK ANOTHER RUNNING MATE!!!!!, the choice you made makes a mockery out of our GREAT AMERICA.

    September 2, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  23. john Blake

    This new VP pick needs to stay home and raise her family first. If she cannot control her own daughter, then how in the world is she going to run a government. The GOP is crazy if they believe women will support her espeically Hillary Clinton fans. She has nothing in common with her except that she can wear a skirt. This choice will come back to haunt the GOP and expose them for what they truly stand for. They are hipocrites. They need to define family values. This VP pick is selfish and needs to get her priorities straight.

    September 2, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  24. Nick Nero

    I am very excited that the Republican Convention will begin tonight. It will give me an opportunity to once again see and hear comments from the mouth of the "Angel of News" (Campbell Brown).
    I just wonder what trash could be dug up on the "Angel of News". Wish people would start checking into her past.
    Anyway, America has alot to be concerned about and its not a young lady being pregnant. I hope and pray that after November everyone gets together (Democrats and Republicans) and get America going and back to its status of being Number 1 in the world.
    There is alot of work to be done and I am confident it will be done. Unity of the country is most important.
    Nick Nero

    September 2, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  25. Michael, Farmington, NH

    The republican convention is a funeral compared to the democratic convention. Thompson? Bush? Lieberman? Boring boring boring. And why would the republicans want the biggest executive failure in our nation's history anywhere near their convention? I'm not watching simply so I don't get counted in the ratings. I may watch Miss Vice President of Family Values give her speech... maybe she'll mention how well abstinence has worked in her family?

    September 2, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
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