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. John

    "Who is John McCain"? I thought the guy's big advantage was that he's been in the Senate since before Palin's oldest was born, and as a result everybody knows him already.

    How much you want to bet we see a lot of McCain's first family at the RNC? I'm guessign we won't see a lot of them, or any mention of them.

    September 2, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  2. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    I'd rather watch reruns of the Lawrence Welk show!!

    Barack The Vote!

    September 2, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. KOOK for President

    let the hatred resume ... Rove is their poster boy.

    September 2, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  4. Spencer from VA

    Obviously forces of nature don' t want the Republicans to have their gathering. Thank you Hurricanne Gustav for sparing me from watching dull media coverage of the RNC.

    OBAMA.BIDEN 08

    September 2, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  5. Tired of W, OH

    "Who is John McCain." I'm sure McCain will be paying close attention to Tuesday's theme. He wants to know the answer too.

    Perhaps a better theme might have been "Who is John McCain this week."

    September 2, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  6. John

    After latest polls show Obama's lead increasing the Republicans seem to turn away from noble moves 😦

    September 2, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  7. TESAP:SAVANNAH, GA

    WHO CARES..............

    September 2, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. Why No Protest Coverage?

    Why isn't CNN covering ANY of the protest news outside the convention? From what I'm seeing on Youtube and other sources, there is some major brutality going on there. MANY of the protests in Denver were covered on a daily basis. It's very important to report ALL the news with these conventions. We are not getting it all here.

    September 2, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  9. TexicoFrom Mexico

    From the looks of things there are not many people at the convention....I guess they are all over at the Ron Paul rally....man thats just too funny! Now Palin is under investigation for two more offenses.....jeez.....did the Vetter work for Obama? Hahaha

    Veterans for Obama!

    September 2, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  10. Christian

    Can anyone seriously be considering voting for a Republican after the last eight years? They have:

    1. Collapsed our economy.
    2. Started a war for profit.
    3. Aided in crumpling the housing market.
    4. Wrecked our standing in the world.

    It's ridiculous! If you vote for a RICHpublican, you are a glutton for punishment.

    September 2, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. Alex, USMC

    I'm not going to lie. After seeing the ABC story on the actions of many of the Republicans, I'm having a hard time believing that much was done outside the actual convention setup to change plans. The unofficial parties, lobbyest meetings with politicians and behind-the-scenes moving really seemed to go unchanged.

    While I applaud the McCain campaign for attempting to change the structure in preparation for the storm, the fact is that we saw plenty of the convention-goers still partying and participating in events that McCain himself would likely not dep "absolutely neccesary". Aside from a few speaches, I don't feel the Republicans really ended up changing much at all.

    September 2, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Just don't try to turn a natural disaster into a political jackpot. They have not crossed the line, not even close. But, I'm just waiting for the criticism over what the Democrats did or did not do during Gustav's rampage.

    September 2, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  13. Tony

    THE BIGGEST ADVANTAGE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE IS THAT MOST AMERICANS ARE APATHETIC, LAZY, WHINY AND IGNORANT.

    THEY ARE EASILY FOOLED, AND EVEN MORE EASILY LED.

    ANYONE FOR SECONDS ON THEIR KOOL-AID?

    September 2, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  14. sharon, newport news, virginia

    Sorry John even Gustav could not stop George W. from claiming his spot at your convention. You knew he was not going to miss the opportunity to remind America what a terrible job he has done as President. He will also help to remind people that you are on the same team – Republican and hopefully people will realize that he and Karl Rove are behind the scence running your campaign. You are not a Maverick you are a" puppet "and selecting a 44 year old woman to be your vp only re enforces to the American public how really old you are.I hope the voting public realizes if something happens to you, Karl Rove will be running the country again.

    September 2, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    I hope the police show more restraint than what was shown in NYC in 2004. In 2004, potential suspects would try to lose themselves in a crowd of commuters. Penn Station is underneath Madison Square Garden where the convention was held.

    The police simply rounded everyone on a street corner and held them in the lockup for 24-72 hours. In other words, they were held until the convention was over. There was no regard for the innocent.

    September 2, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  16. Tony

    PALIN FACTS:

    Both she and McCain do not believge in sex education in the schools. They believe in ABSTINENCE ONLY edcuation. (Tell that to her 17 y.o., unmarried, pregnant daughter). – Hypocrites!

    Palin voted for Buchanan because she shares a lot of the same beliefs he does. SPOOKY!

    She has NO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE, which McCain has been hamemring Obama on since day one. – Hypocrites!

    She tried to get 27 million dollars in pork barrell spending for her little town in Alaska (unfortunately she did not succeed.)

    She was for the "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska before she was against it. – FLIP-FLOPPER.agaionst it.

    Her husband was arrested for drinking and driving. Another Bush in the making?????

    The women of America are being used as a political tool by McCain, even Palin is being used and doesn't know it. Most Americans are apathetic, whiny, lazy and ignorant, but a large number of women have NO CLUE. They would vote for McCain/Palin if they liked the color of Palin's shoes. – Terrifying.!

    Palin would be one breath and heartbeat away from running the country, having never met with ONE worle leader, NO foreign policy experience, etc. She cannot even run her own houselhold let alone the country.

    WAKE UPMPEOPLE!

    September 2, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  17. jeanette

    Hurricane Gustav will add lots of fodder to the convention –
    Cindy McCain even said they would take off their Republican hats and put on the American hats. Now think about that remark!
    Anyway, this convention is all about drilling for oil and the war in Iraq – neither of which the republican party have a clue.
    Its comical watching the republicans scurry around, trying to sell this Palin woman to the country. This uneducated, no experience woman, that could possibly end up being the president.
    John McCain proved his lack of judgement in choosing a "token" as his VP candidate.
    Bad judgement!!!

    September 2, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  18. Concerned Citizen

    Do they really want to answer that question? "Who is John McCain?"

    It seems they've spent the majority of their time up to this point avoiding that particular question!

    I live and work in downtown St. Paul, MN, and I can't wait until the repugs get the heck out of town. It's getting hard to breath around this group of hypocritical, right-wing, don't-believe-in-global-warming annoyances!

    September 2, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  19. Tired of W, OH

    Isn't it ironic that the right-wing repub nut-jobs told their followers to pray for rain to disrupt Obama's acceptance speech, but instead they get a hurricane making landfall during the first day of the RNC?

    If it would have rained during Obama's speech, they would have called it a sign from God.

    Of course, the hurricane during the RNC is just a coincidence, right?

    September 2, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  20. Eric

    Is it just me or is anyone praying in that picture. Isn't there constitutional issues there?

    September 2, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  21. James From Chicago

    McCain put a nail in the foot by putting Palin on as VP. A life long democrat was going to vote for McCain, but now Obama here I come.
    Never a President with poor judgement.

    September 2, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  22. An observer on Aruba

    I will surely follow the RNC because I want to give the GOP the benefit of the doubt, but the chances are lean. Not only because McCain is a bit hardheaded about the war and his temper in general, but surely also because of the VP pick. (BE HONEST NOW!)

    I have a strong feeling an important number of people don't follow their heart when voting.

    If I look closely, McCain don't bring the chance America needs. He will brutally wrestle America down and if you can't take it he'll say "You do not understand my friends"

    McCain is surely not the "bad guy". I'm positive his intentions are good and pro America, but overall policy don't benefit the whole USA.

    What do I care as a non native observer? Well, the safety and economics of the whole world will depend on the well being of the USA. If the USA is unwell, we are unwell.

    September 2, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  23. Turnabout IS fair play

    I have to be honest, this is one convention I will NOT be watching for the whole week. Got better things to do like swallowing chopped up razor blades and then chugging battery acid. It's funny how all the RNC idiots and a lot of their supporters were praying for rain on Obama's nomination and look what happened to them on their own convention, Gustav. LOL! My prayers go out to the people of Louisiana and the other states hit by this thing however. They did not deserve to be hit by this storm.

    September 2, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  24. Ardnuas

    Of course they should resume nominating INSANE MCCAIN..... he spit in the eye of our GREAT leaders like Elizabeth Dole and Kay Bailey Hutchingson.....He put HIMSELF above our GREAT COUNTRY and SMART VOTERS WILL NOT FORGET IT.

    September 2, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  25. Willy

    EXCELLENT!

    September 2, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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