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Bush, Cheney Won't Go to St. Paul


President Bush's remarks about Hurricane Gustav are watched by staff at the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., on August, 31, 2008. (Tony L.Sandys/The Washington Post)

Updated 12:11 p.m.
By Michael Abramowitz and Dan Eggen
President Bush and Vice President Cheney will not attend the GOP convention tomorrow as scheduled, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters today, citing the need to prepare for the massive hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast. First Lady Laura Bush is still planning to travel to Minnesota for the event, Perino said.

"We are working on alternate preparations and we'll provide details as soon as possible," press secretary Dana Perino said in a statement. Officials have said one possibility is for Bush to address the convention by satellite video.

Bush will soon meet with FEMA officials in Washington before making brief remarks on the storm. The president spoke earlier in the day to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, telling him that he was "getting ready to go through this with him again," Perino said.

Perino said Nagin said the forecast was poor but that he was pleased so far with the coordination effort by Homelans Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and FEMA.

By Lexie Verdon  |  August 31, 2008; 9:33 AM ET
Categories:  Conventions , Republican Party  
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After Obama gave his acceptance speech, I was wondering, 'what will McCain do to compete with that, and particularly, what will he do about Bush/Cheney at the Republican Convention? Their mere presence will remind voters that McCain wants to succeed Bush and in many respects continue his policies.' Guess we just got our answer. That may be hurricane Gustav's most enduring legacy--it kept Bush/Cheney from spoiling McCain's convention.

Posted by: Michael | September 1, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

No one wants another hurricane, but this is the excuse that John McCain and the Republicans have been looking for.

Now, due to nature, Bush and Cheney won't be speaking at the Republican convention. This is an answer to McCain's prayers.

John McCain can run from his record of solid support for Bush, but he can't hide. The Congressional Record shows that he supported Bush over 90% of the time.

McCain would mean four more years of Bush policies. And if anything ever happened to him in office, we'd have a completely inexperienced, ultra conservative replacing him.

We can't risk these two people in the White House.

Posted by: snesich | August 31, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

How convenient for the McCain campaign-no Bush and Cheney in MN. He can continue the lie that it's not 4 more years of the same. Luckily we're too smart to be fooled again!

Posted by: bab | August 31, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

For the Republicans to have their convention this upcoming week shows the dumb decision-making they have. First and foremost, news coverage of the convention will be on the back burner while Hurricane Gustav grabs the headlines all next week. The speeches will have minor coverage.

Also what is not being reported on in the mainstream press is Tropical Storm Hannah could become a Hurricane that hits Florida or the Gulf Coast during the week of Sept. 11th!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 31, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey "JACK" :

This is not www.JTF.org, this is

www.WashingtonPost.com

Posted by: Wash.Post.com | August 31, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

"Bush, Cheney Won't Go to St. Paul"

SOOOO WHAT! McCAIN WILL BE THERE! IT'S SAME CRAP.

NEITHER OF THEM WANNA BE THERE ANYWAY, BECAUSE THEY DID TALK CRAP ABOUT McCAIN IN 2000 AND THEY NEED TO TALK NICE ABOUT HIM? THAT'S NOT GONNA WORK. BUT, THIS IS McCAIN'S CHANCE TO PROVE THAT HE IS NOT SAME AS BUSH. IF HE FAILS TO SAY ANYTHING AGANST BUSH, WELL WE ALL WILL KNOW WHO SHOULD WE VOTE FOR.

Posted by: BOBSTER | August 31, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an extreme right wing NEO NAZI who openly supported Buchannan who is a HOLOCAUST DENIER and praised Hitler "as a man of great courage". Palin never expressed her views about ISRAEL.
In addition, she is an evangelical idiot who still believes that THE EARTH IS FLAT and that evolution is wrong.

Jewish associations are outraged
link:http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Palin_on_Israel.html?showall

Posted by: JACK | August 31, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't need a Vice President to inspire me!! I am not the problem.

I want a National Leader who understands the problems, and knows what is possible to fix them. I want someone who knows the people who are both part of the problem and the solution and work with them to fix them.

This nonsense of an outsider is pure spin. The Government is not run by outsiders nor is legislation and policy crafted and passed by outsiders.

It is stupidity to think someone from no-where can step in and contribute. The country does not need a cheerleader or someone who has no grasp of what, who or why.

McCain lost my vote.

Alaska has fewer people in the State than most large cities, has none of the challenges of much of the country and for all the talk has got along with huge amounts of Federal Aid to fund the State. All of that is totally fact that can be checked for truth.

If being a good wife and mother, fond of guns and hunting are the major attributes for our National Leader, this country is in big trouble.

Posted by: geek | August 31, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an extreme right wing NEO NAZI who openly supported Buchannan who is a HOLOCAUST DENIER and praised Hitler "as a man of great courage". Palin never expressed her views about ISRAEL.
In addition, she is an evangelical idiot who still believes the world is flat and that evolution is wrong.

Jewish associations are outraged
link:http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Palin_on_Israel.html?showall

Posted by: JACK | August 31, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Even Europeans get the Rethuglicans . . . from the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/au/31/uselections2008

>>>>
There is an industry devoted to publishing anti-Obama screeds. The most popular has been The Obama Nation, by conservative polemicist Jerome Corsi. The book paints a radical picture of Obama as having a secret Islamic past - but critics say the book can be proven to be wrong. Corsi has also called for Obama to take a drugs test and warned that he might create a 'department of hate crimes' if elected. The Obama Nation has been a bestseller, relentlessly promoted by sympathetic media figures such as Fox News's conservative host Sean Hannity. On his show, Hannity allowed Corsi to claim Obama wanted to allow women to have 'abortions' even after their child was born. Instead of refuting the ridiculous claim, Hannity merely expressed shock. The incident forced a liberal media watchdog to issue an analysis showing Obama had never actually supported the murder of newborn children.

Yet Hannity is just one of a pantheon of conservative media figures who echo the claims of the Republican machine and convey them to the general public in their millions. They include TV hosts such as Glenn Beck on CNN (who last week called Obama a 'Marxist'), Matt Drudge on the internet and radio personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, the most powerful single broadcaster in America with an estimated 20 million listeners a week on 600 stations. Limbaugh frequently paints Obama as benefiting from 'affirmative action' in his political career. He also makes frequent reference to Obama's middle name, Hussein. Both are clumsy ways of inflaming racial and religious issues at the ballot box. They might also be effective.

Posted by: delantero | August 31, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

CNN VIDEO OF MCCAIN CHECKING PALIN'S A$$

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qUVQDmLf7s

MCCAIN'S POLITICO INTERVIEW: "PALIN IS MY SOULMATE"

http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0808/McCain_Palin_a_soulmate.html

Posted by: JACK | August 31, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

He can only wreak havoc there. The Republicans are celebrating their newfound maverickism, youthfulness and gubernatorial experience ticket. No room for Bush there.

For the European press on Palin, see:

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/08/31/from-across-the-pond-palin-and-more/

Posted by: European_Elitist | August 31, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

In the theatre of the absurd irony reigns triumphant.

Posted by: bachnut | August 31, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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