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. Tony

    Today's theme at the RNC is "Who is John McCain?"

    McCain is a war-monger, liar, flip-flopper, adulterer, a sad, angry, bitter, jealous old man with old ideas.

    September 2, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. patsy

    Your coverage of the RNC is already sooo negative. You find any little imperfect scap to highlight. No mention of the excitement we all feel for our ticket, nor how many of us there are in support of them. Ok, be shocked again when we win.

    September 2, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. "I'm just a hockey mom" Sarah Palin

    I predict that Sarah Palin will be replaced before the election takes place.

    September 2, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. leapfrog

    I think it's completely laughable that the GOP was faced with a galaxy of "experienced" veep candidates, but because they were un-vettable due to their potential corruption, McCain had to go out to the sticks to pick up Palin...who ended up being a social conservative's nightmare. So what do you do at a convention where the leader of the party – Prez Bush – has the lowest approval ratings even in his own party? Politicize a natural disaster in hopes of being cast in a humanitarian light...even though this was the party that essentially killed hundreds with bungling incompetence last go around with Katrina.

    September 2, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. PSK

    "Who is John McCain?" I can hardly WAIT for THAT piece to be aired. Will there be harps? Will tissues to issued to all participants? John McCain is an angry, spoiled rich man who has not one whit of an idea of what it is like to be a struggling American these days. He has NO idea what a paltry 2.3% social security raise doomed many Americans to last year. He has NO idea what Bush politics have done to weaken the financial stability (ie: one hair's breadth from disaster) of decent hard-working Americans. He has NO idea what the 30 billion dollar a MONTH war is doing to strip, deplete, ruin and break the US budget (insert laugh at word "budget") He has NO idea what the millions of Katrina were forced to endure – humiliation being just one small part- he has NO idea what fear lives in the hearts and souls of so many Americans without health insurance. He has NO idea how pissed off every American is over the BILLION of PROFITS garnered by the oil companies EACH quarter- while so many of us are wondering whether to pay the electric bill this month, or the car insurance. I am personally, sick to death, of Republican pandering to big interest groups whose only goal is to crank up the greed factor. Oh, yeah, "who is John McCain?" He is the man that wants to keep business as usual in this country. He is the man to be very afraid of.

    September 2, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. Outraged !!!!!!!!!

    At least we are all familiar with who Rove and Biden are !!!! It is selfish and reckless for McCain to give the country 60 days to decide on a Vice President. pick that No one knows anything about . It's been 18 months of Obama on television and on 25 debates and most people still claim to not know Obama. It is not fair to pick an unknown to be Vice president with absolutly no foriegn policy what so ever . So if you want to vote for McCain you also have to be willing to vote for someone with NO Foriegn policy experience at ALL . If the phone rings at 3 am She won't even know who's calling . She doesn't know any foriegn leaders or the history of our conflicts with them Even if you didn't like Hillary Clinton, No one could say she was not Qualified .

    September 2, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. leapfrog

    The GOP has been, and always will be the party of, by and for the rich. It doesn't give a tinkers darn about some homeless vagabond drowning in hurricane waters. It doesn't care one whit for the bible thumping dirt farmer in Mississippi. It could care less about the Hispanic businessman in Orange County. Unless you are rich, you are voiceless. The GOP has mastered the tactic of using social conservatism and religion held in one hand to blind what they are doing with the other. And most of the people registered Republican don't know or don't care as long as they talk the conservative Christian talk.

    September 2, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. Luis

    Top Ten Things Barrack Obama can ask Sarah Palin when he meets her the first
    time.

    10- How do you load a gun?

    9 – Is hunting scary?

    8 – How do you get the bait on that hook thingy?

    7 – What's it like having a spouse that isn't angry all the time.

    6 – You were Mayor, then Governor, what's a budget?

    5 – I've never delegated. Do you have a canned speech for that?

    4 – What does "meeting a payroll" mean?

    3 – Why do you have so many kids; haven't you ever heard of an abortion?

    2 – What's it like actually being an executive?

    1 – Yeah, but do the Germans like you?

    September 2, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. Jen O.

    I remember when John McCain cruelly trashed Chelsea Clinton when she was a child in the White House. He told reporters that she was "ugly" "because Janet Reno is her father." Of course, McCain would like us now to accord Palin's daughter the respect he wouldn't give Chelsea.

    September 2, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. Roborob

    Great! We finally have a short break from the biased media cramming the word "Obama" into every sentence aired on TV–or do we? Do the right thing. We don't really need to live in a communist state yet. robo

    September 2, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. me

    Woo-hoo! This is funnier than any sit-com I've ever seen!

    Keep on lying and pandering fellas. I've never been more entertained by real news.

    September 2, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. Jane JOhannssen

    Turned on TV this AM at the Conv (however no one there now) and they are talking about Palin's daughter being pregnant....
    What the heck is wrong w/Media and Pundits? It's none of their business and a 17 yr old is so tender hearted I'd like to go nose to nose with the ratings money lovers. They would throw their mother under the boss for $5.
    I was for Hillary, but am getting darn tired of the LIberal love of destruction.
    Jane Johannssen
    Sacramento CA

    September 2, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. prince nare

    a real maverick...alaska first

    September 2, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. mike

    its a bit of irony that the evangicals pray for rain to ruin Obama's outdoord acceptance speach and hummmm... it shows up in time to disrupt the Repubs?? maybe god is not just a homophobe white guy!

    September 2, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. Shari, NY

    All along the campaign trail, the Republican camp found every conceivable method of stealing Sen. Obama's thunder, well here we have Mother Nature reciprocating (big time) WITHOUT Sen. Obama's input. There is a GOD!

    I wish the people of the South a speedy recovery!

    September 2, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. wow

    Why isn't Palin's earmarking 27 million for her tiny town of 6700 when she was mayor, the top CNN story. MORE ABUSE OF POWER.

    Now I'm getting religious with the thought of McCain/Pain winning. God help us all!!!!!

    September 2, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    "Who is John McCain"

    That's one I would watch. I am very interested in knowing a little bit more about how a former POW who mentally tormented until he broke became a U.S. Senator.

    I am interested in knowing where he got the smarts, not the heart, to be President.

    September 2, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. Yes Virginia, there is such a thing as being too old and mean to be President!

    What? What about Blackwater and Bechtel? Will they still get their millions in no-bid government contracts for post-hurricane security and recovery? Please GOP, help piss-away our tax dollars to your campaign contributors!!!

    TIME FOR A CHANGE BOYS and GIRLS!!!

    September 2, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. FactCheck

    Wow, is this still going on? I figured that they were still patting each other on the back for carrying out basic governance over Gustav and then politicizing all aspects of it.

    September 2, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. Charlotte

    Ever wonder why a man is never questioned about his ability to be a father and be President or in this case Vice President? Sarah Palin has lighted a fire in the GOP who were less then excited about this election. Obama chose to ignore half, count them half, of the democratic party. If you heard Michelle state she would have to think about voting for Hillary if she were the nominee, you would know why Hillary was not even vetted for VP. If I must chose between an inexperienced President or an inexperienced Vice President, I chose the latter. I think Obama has turned off this, Reagan Democrat

    September 2, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. AJP Richardson, TX

    They might as well resume the convention.

    So far the press has told the nartion what the Republican Party stands for in America.

    The support teenage pregency and this is the party of family values?

    This is a joke.

    Tjhey should hold their heads in shame.

    September 2, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. Spencer, Newport News, VA

    The republicans are cursed. How fortunate that Hurricane Gustav hit them at this moment.

    September 2, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. Mary Mortimer

    I seldom watch CNN or any of the many Liberal outlets, but
    I love to see just how far you can twist everything about this
    Rep convention. WOW, you are all unbelievable.
    BIG QUESTION-
    WHY IS IT OBAMA IS PREPARED TO TAKE OVER AS
    PRESIDENT, WITH LITTLE EXPERIENCE IN ANY
    POLITICS & SARAH PALEN ISN'T EQUIPPED FOR
    VP WITH MANY ON THE JOB HOURS AND A RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS?
    By the way, our economy is in shambles, BUT, who has been
    in charge of the Congress???????????
    Mary L Mortimer, wife, mother, Realtor & a follower of
    Christ Jesus

    September 2, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. FactCheck

    Cindy McCain claims that Palin has enough foreign policy experience since Alaska is close to Russia. I try to take public transportation as much as possible. I guess that qualifies me for Secretary of Transportation.

    September 2, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  25. Latina for Obama...NJ

    NO WAY..NO HOW NO MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 2, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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