September 2nd, 2008
07:32 AM ET
12 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. Beth

    I think all party politics should cease, and everyone should head down to the Gulf Coast. They haven't recovered from Katrina – 3 years later, and there are still many people living in trailers (we're not talking double wide mobile homes), cars, tents, and 4X4 tool sheds. They may be physically safe, but they're going to come back to a mess – again. Flooding, more mold, more loss of personal belongings.

    I just got back from there a week ago. It's so disheartening to see the slow progress.

    September 2, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. Latina for Obama...NJ


    September 2, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. TheOtherSide

    Who is McCain in terms of policies?

    Health care-POW
    economic plan-POW
    education plan-POW
    benefits for veterans plan-POW
    tax plan-POW

    nuff said

    September 2, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Olayemi,Lagos-NIGERIA

    I know another name borne by the Pharisees of the new testament-its called CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALIST!

    while i'm not suprsed that a 17 yr old teen is pregnant in a country that glorifies SEX like the USA (how do i know? I watch E! on cable, temptation island which is quite old, and MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEEN on MTV base). I am very appalled and disturbed that the pharisees of my time ignore FORNICATION as the SIN that produced Bristol Palin's pregnancy but rather celebrate her keeping of the baby – truly she should because she had CONSENTUAL FORNICATION not rape – as high christian value. This only proves that the DEVIL'S OWN will always be protected.

    Had this happened to BIDEN OR OBAMA their political epitaph would have been composed already . Now we have a celebration!


    Your christianity insults my CATHOLICISM AND FREE WILL THOUGHT! Am ASHAMED for U double judgement PHARISEES

    September 2, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. mel

    McCain,his party will do are say anything to get him elected.
    Palin, was pick only get women voter that Hillary have.She do
    not have experience as Obama or Biden,she have not visit iraq.
    She not ready to lead this country and McCain will do any or
    use this young lady to become president. This was not a good
    pick for him because if something to McCain she can,t lead with
    a baby,especially if this baby got seriously sick.

    September 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Will

    More interested in what those protesters at the convention have to say.

    September 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Dave

    Wow, they've got a Fred Thompson speech as a highlight. Ever seen that guy talk? It's like watching dust gather.

    What I want to know is, how is the GOP going to handle having a VP candidate who wanted her state to secede from the Union. That's a major problem... I mean, wasn't a war fought over that kind of thing once?

    September 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. JJ

    Although I am supporting Obama, I will defintely watch the convention. I'm glad they are resuming it. You always have to keep an open mind and remember that every American wants the same for this country. To get out economy back on track, to be respected among world leaders once again, etc....It's the way we get the results that are different.

    Keep an open mind! 🙂

    September 2, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Voter

    You're wrong, Outraged. If I had a dime for every Obama cultist who claimed Hillary was not qualified on these very blogs, I'd be a millionaire.

    Hillary Clinton never looked better as a Democratic nominee for VP, right Barack?

    The DNC opened the door by failing to pick her; now everyone is bleating and squealing because McCain walked through it. I cannot imagine that anyone is surprised – it's a no-brainer.

    But you all hate Hillary; you don't want her anywhere near you, she's so awful – remember?? Absolutely not the right choice for VP! I can only imagine what she's thinking right now. Probably looking at her debt and remembering that Obama and his friends have done nothing for her – nada. But I bet they want her out there now....hmm...

    And when McCain is left to pick, look what he does. He picks a fool. He must be giggling. Now all you nasty Obama cultists are scared stiff!

    No one deserves to lose to McCain/Palin more than you guys.

    And there are a LOT of right-wingers in this country who now cannot wait to cast a vote for Palin. They are thrilled, they are energized, and they are on the move!

    September 2, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Hillary Supporter

    Norma Beattle,

    Why do you think the McCain camp- broke the news about Palin during a hurricane? To divert attention away from them. Talk about political pandering, they use a hurricane to muffle the press then people like you are critical for the media reporting it? Thats exactly what McCain wanted. Wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. adonna

    I think all the Democrats have to do is sit back and wait. McCain's latest judgment (VP pick) is the best thing that has happened to the Democratic Party!

    As a women who think Hiliary would have been a great VP of President, its an insult to woman that McCain and his people would think that "any" women would long as its a woman on the ticket. Sure, there will be SOME who simply vote for the ticket because a woman is on it. But the majority of women are smarter than that.

    No one...Republican or Democrat can believe this women can run a country if anything happens to McCain. This has gotten out of hand. Its not about the "people"...its about the country!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Cindy

    I'm glad the storm was not as devistating as it could have been, and that the Convention will now go on. How ironic... the weather disrupted their convention, when they were praying for the weather to disrupt Obama's...

    How ironic, McCain's judgemennt picking Palin, when the Republican's chastised Obama judgement for picking Biden.

    The Rove vs Biden issue continues on this same vein. Does McCain truly appreciate Rove's help? Does he not think that now that he is using Rove's tactics to sway voters, Rove is now feeling empowered? Is ths not looking more and more like a continuation of the Bush years? There is no more Maverick. McCain has become one of them.

    September 2, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Independent in Texas

    Is the media going to vet Sarah Palin at all?? I just can't wait to hear more about how well that abstinence education works. I can't wait to hear why we should drill for more oil, especially in ANWR, so we can add an additional 3% to our supply and reduce the price at the pump by pennies. I can't wait to hear about how climate change remains debatable, and since it does not appear to be man-made, how we should not do anything about it. I can't wait to hear about how evolution is just a theory – oh, kind of like , say, gravity. Forgive me for reading the science. I can't wait to hear about how being next to Russia confers foreign policy experience; maybe if she stands next to McCain long enough, she'll have POW experience also. My favorite is her prior membership in the Alaska Independence Party – maybe she can be VP of Alaska when it succeeds in seceding. That'll give her time to figure out what it is, exactly, that a Vice President does all day long. Country First?? Not my country. If we're going Libertarian, give me Ron Paul – I'd vote for him in a heartbeat. At least he has more going on in his brain than two neurons connected by a spirochete. HILLARY 2012

    September 2, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Doug R.

    They lies and hypocrisy put foward by these Republicans are astounding. You can see right through these people. I have more important things to do. Won't be watching...could care less.

    September 2, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. W O W WO W

    C A N ' T--W A I T--T O--H E A R---F R O M--–O N E--O F--

    U S--–G O V E R N O R--P A L I N---G O---S A R A H !! !!!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Indepenant '08

    Who cares about any of your lame conventions. One party blames the other for the direction the country is headed but you are both to blame!

    In case you haven't noticed, you share the courts, the Dems are in control of congress and the GOP has the Executive Branch (even when the GOP controlled congress, the Dems still had an effective minority). What has happened in the last 20 years??? Sex scandles galor, wars, downturned economies, lies (both sides, not just Bush!), inflated cost of living, rising unemployment, etc.

    Acording to the polls, you all do not support congress or Bush. VOTE THEM ALL OUT THEN! It is finally time for all of you robots who go to the poll to vote ONLY along party lines to wake up! There are more then 2 choices!

    Independant '08

    September 2, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. J from DC

    Who Cares: McCain has removed the diapers off the Republican Party, exposing their astronomical incompetency, not to mention their hypocrisy on conservative family values. 4 more years of this???

    September 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Dems for McCain!

    GOP decides to resume its convention... and the Democrats pray for another destructive hurricane!

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 2, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. ez


    Republican voting for Biden/Obama 08

    September 2, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Herman In LA

    Who really cares...

    September 2, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. JAMES I.

    There is no reason to believe McCain will not become president. In the end get real.. this country is not ready for a black president (or African American if you need some other political correctness)

    No matter how enamored the liberal, irrelevant press wants to spin it the right will prevail because it is right. Seems sad so many bloggers need to get it off their chest now rather than after the election when they can start the grumbling all over again post election.

    McCain... in your heart you know he's RIGHT!

    September 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. 4Obama2

    Gene & Tony are absolutely brilliant – read their comments again! If only the 50% of Americans who are planning to vote for McScary and his Beauty Queen will try to get more information before putting these guys into the most important roles in the world!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Image is Everything

    I heard a McCain spokeswoman refer to Sarah Palin as .....

    "the most qualified and capable candidate McCain could have selected"

    HUH? In the words of John McEnroe .... "YOU CAN NOT BE SERIOUS!"

    Condi Rice, Mitt Romney, Elizabeth Dole, Tom Ridge, Christine Whitman, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty, Rob Portman all would have been SMARTER choices.

    Then I heard this same person ATTEMPT to connect Obama to Palin's problem with her unwed daughter. The responsibility for that lays (pun intended) with Bristol and probably her absentee mother.

    With a newborn and a grandchild, plus a less than 10 year old child, Ms. Palin's plate is full. Governor may be a 9-to-5 job but is the Vice Presidency?

    September 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Steve - southern Illinois

    People who gave us George Bush and the last eight years of misery should be on their knees begging for forgiveness instead of spreading more fear and hate.

    Repent republicans and vote for Obama!

    September 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Cecil

    Key evangelical leaders rallied to Sarah Palin's support Monday amid news that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was having a child.

    Evangelical is being use in this election, to mean "WHITE PEOPLE"!

    The GOP Love To Use This Word Evangelical

    White Evangelicals

    September 2, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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