September 2nd, 2008
05:55 PM ET
12 years ago

GOP to re-introduce McCain on convention’s first full day

'Country First' will be the theme of the Republican convention.

'Country First' will be the theme of the Republican convention.

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.”

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. longhairs for obama

    we know mccain. pow surge ,surge- pow surge ,surge- drill here ,drill now ,surge ,surge
    he sounds more like a cheerleader than a president.

    September 2, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. voter

    re-introduce him as a war-monger who lacks judgement by choosing a vp with no experience. No thank you.

    September 2, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. jeanette

    Re-introduce McCain? Get ready for more of his pow stories ad nauseum.
    Being a pow does not a president make.
    I will not vote for a president out of pity.

    September 2, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. Ex- I mean, I mean

    If I read one more FAKE commentor who cliams to be a life long Democrat or Hillary supporter who is now falling all over McCain I am going to throw up in my mouth.
    I am sure there are disgruntled Hillary women who will not vote for Obama (FAR FEWER THAN THE MEDIA REPORTS) but any self respecting Democrat would not admit to wanting to vote for McCain . It makes them complete idiots who vote on gender alone or racists who won't vote for a black man. Either way...... plenty to be ashamed of

    September 2, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. Brian S.

    Hopefully, no one will notice the apparent contradiction in the slogan, "Country First," and selecting an un-experienced ultra-conservative as your VP in a rushed attempt to put your campaign first.

    September 2, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Sherry Denecker

    I have been watching both campaigns very carefully but have noticed that CNN seems to be quite biased toward Obama. During the Republican convention coverage I have only heard them trash McCain and Palin. When the issue of experience is brought up CNN is quick to disqualify Palin (Especially Cafferty) but is unable or unwilling to address the inexperience of Obama as compared to Palin. As Giuliani stated if they have addressed that issue he hasn't seen it. Neither have I. I thought journalism was supposed to be unbiased. I guess that does not apply to CNN. I am a democrat, and in the bracket of women Obama hopes to get a vote from. He won't be ,as after what I have seen and what I know about McCain, Palin and Obama, My vote will be for McCain.

    September 2, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. kayla


    September 2, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. Poetic Justice

    They don't need to re-introduce him . We already met him and we are not buying!

    September 2, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. Tom MacMorran

    I believe it is only right that America recognize Sen. McCain for what he is: the guy who got shot down. If that is America's idea of a hero, that's what America deserves.

    September 2, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. S. Boatman

    Ladies And Gentlemen. . . . The Man Who Will Lead Us Into Another Great Depression. . . . The Man That Will Send Your Job Overseas . . . . The Man That Will Set Back Womens Rights . . . . The Man That Will Look You In The Eye, Lie To You Time And Time Again While Calling You His Friend . . . . The Man That Will Bring Back The Draft And Start World War Three . . . . Ladies And Gentlemen . . . . John Mccain!

    September 2, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. Proud American

    Keep repeating it. Maybe one day we'll believe McCain/Palin is ready to lead our great nation. But for right now... I'm NOT buying it. So buyers beware!!

    September 2, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. M.R. in L.A.

    "Counrty First"? Why not just say "Vote Obama"? Oh what? Not the whole country? Just the top 1%? Yeah – that sounds like the same country Republicans always put first.

    September 2, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    No matter how matter how many times and how many ways he's introduced, Mister McCain will still be an inadequate and frightening presidential choice, made more-so by his selection of Sarah Palin for VP.

    No how. No way.

    September 2, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. Kate, Atlanta

    Oh shoot – they forgot to change the signs to the real slogan "Campaign First, Country – who cares"

    September 2, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. Peter (CA)

    What do they need to introduce...POW...I mean everyone already knows McCain...POW.....They know about his support of Bush's policies....POW..
    His flip-flopping on issues to make the right wingers happy....POW....His poor judgment (as shown by his VP choice....POW....What is left to learn about him....POW....POW....POW...

    September 2, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. S. Boatman

    Ladies And Gentlemen. . . . The Man Who Voted With Bush 95 Percent Of The Time And Wants To Continue The Bush Administration Policies . . . John Mccain!

    September 2, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. ChicagoJosh

    I think they can put the "Country First" anthem to rest. Obviously its politics first. Do they really think Palin is the best person to protect this country if McCain got skin cancer for the 5th time??

    While they pointed out Sara wasn't part of the Alaska separatist group, they neglected to mention that her husband was an active member for many years. Up until she entered politics.

    September 2, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |



    September 2, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. KG

    I guess we also need to re-introduce Obama since he seems to think he needs to re-introduce himself as a man who has more experience than Palin. I guess because Obama knows his experience pales in comparison to McCain!

    Obama is a walking, talking, liberal, socialist joke!

    September 2, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. eunice c -- trenton new jersey

    john mccain is only thinking about war and keeping our troops in those god forsaken countries he's not thinking about the american people people should be careful about voting for mccain because when you look around your son or daughter will be fighting a country that don't want us there - our troops should be home enjoying their families the way john mccain enjoys his - if he is elected your son or daughter will be going to war and for what reason? think about it

    September 2, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. Denise

    So, there are two people on the GOP ticket that the voter does not know? Oooh my!! And the election is 8 weeks away? That's scary?

    September 2, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  22. Ron Canada.

    WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Has he changed that much since yesterday?

    September 2, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  23. Crystal Shaw

    what we need is Sarah Palin to indtroduce her self, and stop having all the talking heads in the RNC speak for her.

    September 2, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Ron

    Re-introduce McCain

    26 Years in DC @ the last 12 years running campaigns to be president.common running point " I'm a hero" I'm a maverick" I'm American"
    Please tell use what you have done for our nation.

    September 2, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |