ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – The Republicans Tuesday will emphasize service and introduce their presidential candidate, John McCain, to the American people on their first full day of convention activities, McCain officials said.
Party officials curtailed Monday’s session of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, to essential business as Hurricane Gustav hit Louisiana.
McCain campaign officials decided to resume a full schedule early Tuesday morning and said they will try to make up for lost time by squeezing speeches and events originally scheduled for Monday by juggling the convention schedule over the next three days.
McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said on a conference call with reporters that the delegates’ efforts to help Hurricane victims on Monday fits nicely into Tuesday’s theme of service.
“Rather than talking about it, we actually did it,” Davis said.
Hitting on the Tuesday’s convention theme, the Republicans will highlight the McCain’s adoption of their daughter, Bridget, from Bangladesh and Orson Swindle, who was a fellow POW with McCain in Vietnam, will recognize fellow veterans attending the convention.
Laura Bush will talk to the delegates as will President Bush via a video link from the White House. Both were originally scheduled to speak Monday.
The convention’s final hour of prime time Tuesday will attempt to “frame” the image of McCain for the voters, Davis said.
Fred Thompson, a former Senate colleague and rival for the Republican nomination, will explain “what makes him tick, why he is a maverick,” Davis said, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent senator from Connecticut who was the Democrats’ 2000 vice presidential nominee, will explain why McCain is “the original maverick.”