Republican Convention Resumes
By Michael D. Shear
ST. PAUL -- President Bush will speak to the Republican convention delegates just before prime time tonight, kicking off the restarted political party for Sen. John McCain with a lineup that will include former senator Fred Thompson and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman.
Both senators are longtime friends of McCain's and will vouch for his biography. Thompson's speech is titled "The Courage and Service of John McCain," and Lieberman's is titled "The Original Maverick, John McCain."
Convention planners and McCain officials said they had decided to relaunch their campaign after consultations with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and after monitoring the improving situation in the Gulf after a weakened Hurricane Gustav caused less damage than had been feared.
Campaign Manager Rick Davis said officials were working to shuffle the remaining days of the convention to accommodate speakers who did not get a chance to deliver remarks Monday. For example, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, originally scheduled for tonight, will likely speak on Wednesday, Davis said.
"Some of the elements that were scheduled for today will ultimately be lost in the annals of convention history," Davis conceded.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who remains out of the public eye while she prepares for her convention speech, is also likely to speak Wednesday, Davis said, though he declined to provide any details of the speech or say whether she would address any of the controversies
swirling around her.
"You're going to have to tune in to witness it firsthand," he said. "Obviously, it gives Gov. Palin a unique opportunity to have a conversation with the American public. It's a chance for her to get out there and tell her story and for people to see beyond the media fog that's out there."
In addition to the prime-time speakers, the convention will feature a speech by one of McCain's close friends, who adopted a little girl from the same Bangladeshi orphanage that the McCains did, a video about a medal of honor recipient, and a testimonial from Orson
Swindle, a fellow McCain prisoner of war.
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