September 1st, 2008
05:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Laura Bush, Cindy McCain take convention stage

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(CNN) - First Lady Laura Bush and Cindy McCain addressed the Republican National Convention Monday evening, delivering abbreviated remarks due to Hurricane Gustav.

Watch: "We are all Americans," says Mrs. Bush

George and I were planning to come to enjoy this convention to have a really good time," Laura Bush said. "And we would have been here tonight speaking, but, of course as we all know, events on the Gulf Coast region have changed the focus of our attention. And our first priority now, today, is to ensure the safety and the well-being of those living in the gulf coast region.

Joining Bush on stage after a video message from four governors of states affected by the storm, Cindy McCain, wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain, urged delegates to help with hurricane relief.

Watch: Cindy McCain calls for hurricane aid

"I would ask that each one of us commit to join together to aid those in need as quickly as possible," she said. "As John has been saying for the last several days, this is a time when we take off our Republican hats and put on our American hats."

soundoff (16 Responses)

    And below you will find some other words of wisdom from these two>

    Laura Bush stated on 09/01/08 that Palin’s experience as a mayor, qualified her for the Republican vice presidency.

    Cindy McCain stated Sunday, 8/31/08 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 managed to create a cloud of suspicion for possibly abusing the power of her office. and is currently being investigated, is actually qualified for national security because the state she is the governor of is next to Russia?

    No matter how you 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 to the ticket and provides some responsibility. The Republican VP was SELECTED by one man that actually believes the Republican statements and beliefs as 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 chance putting your own kids future in jeopardy, just so they can win an election?

    How exactly is that considered "Country First"?

    September 1, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. neptune-obama

    this is to wolf blitzer, not on this issue, pull this out of your pocket, cbs news poll just came out today obama 48 mccain 40, now let the world know that, see others read the polls too

    September 1, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Director

    Both Laura and Cindy need to start the bid off by offering some of their own money...the money good old GW made on oil...I hear it's in the billions...and the beer money Cindy's father left her . Combined they could probably help more than anyone watching CNN since the little money the public hasleft after paying higher costs on every level keep us from drowing. We are all in a hurricane.

    September 1, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. tedious898

    Yep Laura (whom I like for some sick reason) and Cindy need to drop the 1st contributions

    Seeing as how both their husband's were "partying like rock stars" when Katrina hit 3 years ago. But of course there was no election didn't count

    September 1, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. DJ

    Criticism of Palin's experience is ridiculous as the TOP of the democrat ticket does not have any more experience. In fact, it is easy to argue that the executive experience that comes from being a governor outweighs a similar experience in the US senate.

    However, the addition of Palin to the ticket does make any criticism of Obama's inexperience invalid.

    The elected vs. selected is just silly.

    September 1, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. Repubs_are_Dumb

    Am I alone, or did anyone else get the feeling that they were kicking of a super-villan convention, the way Cindy Mccain looked?

    September 1, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. What?

    DJ....the experience saga is last Friday's news, Sat thru today is all the new didn't know, we won't blame you, because it appears nether did your Presidential nominee....

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Respect

    I agree- as a lifelong Democrat I strangely like Laura Bush.

    I also agree with most of you on the absurdity of McCain's judgment on his pick but we have to take the high road and stop making personal attacks on her (in public anyway). Tearing her and her family apart will only make us look more like them and turn undecided voters away from our party,

    Let's stick with policy attacks instead of personal attacks- It's what Obama wants and it's what the Democrats need to win in November

    September 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. jeanette

    And I'm sure they're a wealth of information. LOLOL

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Jeb

    "...this is a time when we take off our Republican hats and put on our American hats."

    What does that mean, Laura? Republicans aren't Americans?

    September 1, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Joe in Dallas

    "As John has been saying for the last several days, this is a time when we take off our Republican hats and put on our American hats."

    At least she knows that the two hats are mutually exclusive. The way the Republicans have run this country for the last 8 years is totally un-American. They shouldn't even be allowed to wear American Flag pins.

    September 1, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Cathy

    I glad to see that McCain running for President has changed the tune of both Bush and McCain considering heir non-action during Katrina.

    September 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. Kevin

    Just wondering..."Where is 'First Dude' Todd Palin?"

    September 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Louise

    Am I mistaken or does Cindy McCain look like a bubble-headed bleached blonde?

    September 1, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Missouri

    Id love to give some extra cash to help out for the hurricaine,
    Unfortunely aftet filling up my gas tank, all of my extra cash has gone to the pockets of the oil executives, (GW) and to pay my share of the tax breaks to the wealth of those such as the anheizer Busch family

    September 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. Jean

    I have always thought that Campbell Brown had the perfect presence, demeanor and tone as a CNN anchor, that is until the last few days or more correctly, since Sarah Palin was chosen to run as John McCain's V.P.
    I cannot believe how many times today, Mon. 9/01/08, she has referenced Sarah Palin's daughter, all the while criticizing Palin for putting her daughter under such public scrutiny at such a sensitive time. It's not Palin, it's the media and most particular, Campbell Brown.
    Even, Barack Obama, had the good and appropriate sense to say this matter should be off the political table.
    Keep it up Campbell!! Your political petticoat is really showing.

    September 1, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |