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GOP upholds Palin, victims of hurricane in show of unity

Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, speaks as first lady Laura Bush listens Monday during the opening session of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, speaks as first lady Laura Bush listens Monday during the opening session of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

September 2, 2008

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— Republican convention delegates rallied Monday around presumptive vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin as they made the first day of their gathering a subdued show of sympathy for Hurricane Gustav's victims.

First lady Laura Bush and Cindy McCain, the wife of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, addressed the convention, staying away from partisan politics.

"As we gather in Minnesota, a great storm afflicts our country," Cindy McCain said. "And when one of us is threatened, we are all threatened. As Americans, we all rise to the challenge."

Party Chairman Mike Duncan opened the session by asking delegates to make donations to the Red Cross by hitting a text message code. Web sites for state relief funds ringed the hall.

Outside the convention hall, an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 antiwar protesters marched down St. Paul's streets, sometimes smashing windows, blocking roads and tossing bottles. Police used pepper spray to subdue them.

Inside the Xcel Energy Center, the site of the Republican gathering, delegates were eager to promote political unity. Delegates had scarcely settled into their seats when it was disclosed a lawyer had been hired to represent the Alaska governor in an investigation of her firing of the state's public safety commissioner. The other disclosure was personal, not political - the pregnancy of her 17-year-old unmarried daughter.

McCain's staff said he'd known about the pregnancy before he announced Palin as his choice for vice president, and had judged it irrelevant.

Few were disturbed at the idea that John McCain may not have thoroughly checked Palin's background.

"If McCain had been inclined to pick Palin and then changed his mind because of this, I'd have thought less of him," said Gary Bauer, the chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, which promotes family values.

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney had been scheduled to address the convention Monday night, but the program was canceled Sunday because of Gustav.

The last-minute additions of Laura Bush and Cindy McCain, however, were a signal Monday that the convention could be inching back to promoting the Republican ticket.

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis refused to discuss his boss' process for vetting Palin, but was more upbeat about plans for getting the convention back on track today.

McCain is scheduled to make his acceptance speech Thursday, and Davis said "there's no contingency planning at this point that would have him outside the city" to make that address.

Keynote speaker Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, is scheduled to appear today, resuming the convention's regular business.

Comments

beatrice 5 years, 10 months ago

Tom: "Palin was thoroughly vetted."Well, not according to recent sources:"At the least, Republicans close to the campaign said it was increasingly apparent that Ms. Palin had been selected as Mr. McCain's running mate with more haste than McCain advisers initially described.Up until midweek last week, some 48 to 72 hours before Mr. McCain introduced Ms. Palin at a Friday rally in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. McCain was still holding out the hope that he could choose a good friend, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, a Republican close to the campaign said. Mr. McCain had also been interested in another favorite, former Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/02/us/politics/02vetting.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

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Navin_R_Johnson 5 years, 10 months ago

beatrice (Anonymous) says: Tom: "Palin was thoroughly vetted."beatrice: "Well, not according to recent sources:"well, let's take a closer look at the quoted sources from this prime example of modern scholastic MSM journalism:"Aides to McCain""Republican close to the campaign"man, that's some hotshot journalism. the MSM is relegated to reporting hearsay. beatrice, you're the reason Putin's opinion is given a voice in this election. he and Lenin know how "useful" you are.Wingnuts of the World, Unite!

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Bob Forer 5 years, 10 months ago

Scott wrote: Mr. McCain was still holding out the hope that he could choose a good friend, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman"Mr. Mccain was holding out hope?!!!!?!! Who's calling the shots? Clearly it's not McCain. Will these behind the scenes manipulators be disclosed before the public is asked to vote. If McCain cannot make his own decisions, of what relevance are any of McCain's record and personal traits. If some other entity is going to dictate what he may or may not do, why the heck would anyone vote for him?__________Brilliant insight. Very simple, and correct logic. But still, its absolutely brilliant. So much for McCain's "maverick" leadership. He's just another Republican sidekick, and they've done enough damage to this world. time for change.

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UFC_FAN 5 years, 10 months ago

as are the other todd epp entries. daily. do you have nothing else to do but blog. the same stuff every day? we get the point. go do something productive today pal. blog blog blog blog blog. cut and paste cut and paste cust and paste. that must take skill.

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jmadison 5 years, 10 months ago

The media seems more interested in Sarah Palin's daughter than in Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards' indiscretions.

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scott3460 5 years, 10 months ago

And now to the embarrasingly mundane...check out the neck on old snake eyes. That sucker's nearly as wide as her shoulders. And what's with the wings 1/2 of the way up, are they for stability. Somewhere back in her family someone had some fun with a giraffe.

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sfjayhawk 5 years, 10 months ago

It is hard not to concede that this Palin pick is fairly off the wall. To me it comes off as a desperate and reckless move. At a minimum it was poorly vetted and impulsive. I must say that I admire her for selling the governors jet and getting rid of the full time cook at the governors mansion (and other cost cutting moves). However I am deeply suspicious of her position as a 'social conservative' and dont think any of hillarys undecided will be fooled by her. The Mccain camp also lost their 'inexperienced' argument against Obama - so all in all I would say this pic cost more than it was worth.

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Confrontation 5 years, 10 months ago

I can't even imagine how much hairspray was wasted during the taking of that photo.

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UFC_FAN 5 years, 10 months ago

i don't know the answers max, it is "above my pay grade". did you vote for gore in 2000?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

As mayor of Wasilla, she hired Ted Stevens's former chief of staff to be a Washington lobbyist-- to lobby the committee chaired by Ted Stevens that controlled earmarks. Unsurprisingly, he was very successful, and got Wasilla earmarks in excess of $20 million.Flippity floppity.

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scott3460 5 years, 10 months ago

"Of course, there is a difference. Going 100 mph in a 55 mph zone and smoking marijuana are illegal activities. Being pregnant is not, even if the Messiah believes it is a punishment."The other difference, of course, is that Ms. Palin is a zealot who want to make her religious doctrine the required path for young women in her daughter's position. And a hypocrite because while she has the State's taxpayers to support her daughter and the eventual child with food, housing and medical care and make her choice possible, the vast majority of women who she would outlaw abortion for do not. If Ms. Palin truly had the courage of her convictions, it's not the Governor's airplane that she'd make the show of selling off, it would be to say that she accepts the results of her "no choice" position and supports her family without state assistance.

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dontcallmedan 5 years, 10 months ago

Palin, not her children, was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, which calls for secession from the United States and return of federal lands. A true patriot.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

BTW, according to members of the Alaska Independence Party both she and her husband attended the 1996 convention.

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compmd 5 years, 10 months ago

I can't believe how much they focused on this stupid hurricane. Katrina killed 1800, which was a terrible tragedy. In the US, Gustav killed...7. Yes, a "great storm" threatening our country taking out a Dodge Caravan worth of people.

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BigDog 5 years, 10 months ago

If we want to discuss family members ..... why not discuss Joe Biden's son and brother .... who recently were brought suit against for ripping off business partners in a shady hedge fund ripoff ..http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/23/AR2008082302200.html

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scott3460 5 years, 10 months ago

"Mr. McCain was still holding out the hope that he could choose a good friend, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman"Mr. Mccain was holding out hope?!!!!?!!Who's calling the shots? Clearly it's not McCain. Will these behind the scenes manipulators be disclosed before the public is asked to vote. If McCain cannot make his own decisions, of what relevance are any of McCain's record and personal traits. If some other entity is going to dictate what he may or may not do, why the heck would anyone vote for him?

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scott3460 5 years, 10 months ago

"You repeated dontcallmedan's lie about Palin and the AIP after it had already been debunked."Not so. I very clearly stated it was the Beauty Queen husband that was (is?) the secessionist and drew a parallel to the flak Michelle Obama received for far less egregious acts.

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scott3460 5 years, 10 months ago

"perhaps they will swing the other way after the GOP convention, which would not be a shock, but this is the democrats' election to lose. but to look at polls and base an opinion right after one party's convention:weak."If you watched any of the Republican convention you saw a moribund event where the average attendant was an 85 year old fossil (McCain's peeps, no doubt) And what about old snake eyes sitting up in her own private reviewing stand like Queen Mary or something. Two speechs by dusty old Thompson and Leibermann and a remote from your failed President are not likely to produce much of a bounce. Tonight the beauty queen is going to have to come on and fill 15 or 20 minutes. What in God's name is she going to say. She'll trot out the political prop of the baby yet again (her's not her unmarried daughter's) and make sure everyone knows how brave she was to stand by her pro-life convictions while enjoying free housing, food and medical coverage as Governor of Alaska. Will she talk about her supposed expertise in the oil and gas industry. That'll only invite press scrutiny in to her dealings in the cesspool of Alaska's political atmosphere. Maybe she can explain her thoughts on creationism, or her extreme pro-life intentions (those are going to be real popular) or how she was a Buchanan backer (according to Pat.)What do you call a negative bounce?

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Confrontation 5 years, 10 months ago

Joanna Eberhart: Bobbie! Bobbie... this isn't you... Bobbie Markowitz: That's right, Joanna! This isn't me, it's a whole new me. I'm happy, and I'm healthy, because I understand what's important in life. Joanna Eberhart: Yes, your new book! Bobbie Markowitz: [starts advancing on Joanna] That's right! That's what's important, my new cookbook. And my husband, and my family, and making a perfect home. It's a lesson every gal needs to learn, especially you. I'm your friend, Joanna, I'm going to help you. You need me. Joanna Eberhart: You stay away from me! Bobbie Markowitz: You are driven. Joanna Eberhart: Well, sometimes - Bobbie Markowitz: And you're selfish! You wanna rule the world! I can fix you. I can change you. Joanna Eberhart: [notices Bobbie's hand is resting upon the lit stove, yet she doesn't burn] What... have... they... done to you? Bobbie Markowitz: Let's get busy! --The Stepford Wives

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Bob Forer 5 years, 10 months ago

Tom: "Palin was thoroughly vetted."Nonsense. If that were the case, why is a team of McCain insiders in Alaska right this minute flyspecking Palin's record. Those actions are a tacit admission it wasn't done right the first time. McCain's first "Presidential" decision?????? NO way. No how. No McCain. I am voting for Barack.

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scott3460 5 years, 10 months ago

Brilliant? Nah, just paying attention. By the way, I like this insight better:Seems to me I recall quit a lot of who-haw about the patriotism of Michelle Obama. She hated her country, it was said, because she erred in the way she described her pride in the country. A scary, black militant, etc. It went on for weeks. Yet today we discover the Beauty Queen (is that a celebrity, by the way, I understood Johnnie was more serious) husband was (is?) a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, which calls for secession from the United States and return of federal lands. I am sure the concerned posts from the righties will commence soon. This is an avowed secessionist, after all. And I fully expect a multi week examination of the issue in the corporate press.

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UFC_FAN 5 years, 10 months ago

the polls have really swung in BO's favor lately. perhaps they will swing the other way after the GOP convention, which would not be a shock, but this is the democrats' election to lose. but to look at polls and base an opinion right after one party's convention...weak. BO has no experience in IR. saying that he learned it in IR class is funny. not only do u apparently have no prior election cycle experience (15 years old or so?) but to say that someone has a degree in IR gives them real world exprience? that is funny. the IR courses give you theory. not experience. BO will probably win this election. he would have to make a major gaffe or something would have to come out in the news cycle to derail him. MAJOR. as a GOP person, this is just not our time. i wish we could take back congress. the outlook on the House looks bleak. not for sure about the Senate but i doubt that looks too good now. BO and biden (biden is a jerk) will have 4 years. i hope they do well and America does well likewise. i'm more American than Republican. but if they don't do so well, we will get 'em in 2012 (or Billary will).

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dontcallmedan 5 years, 10 months ago

restore reason--well vet the bed! I'm spreading lies or information? Google it PALIN ALASKAN INDEPENDENCE PARTY for more of whatever you want to call it from ABC, the Atlantic.........

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Navin_R_Johnson 5 years, 10 months ago

logicsound04:"And contrary to your belief, the fact that your sole stated reason for like Palin is that she's a competent WOMAN makes you a sexist."so, many Obama supporters on this board and throughout america ARE racists. would you please share this point of logic with anxious atheist, pywacket and various and sundry other wingnuts. it still eludes them.i'm glad we agree on something.

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