Laura Bush, Cindy McCain to Speak Today
By Michael D. Shear
ST. PAUL -- First Lady Laura Bush and Cindy McCain will both make appearances today at the Republican National Committee despite the announcement Sunday that all speeches would be canceled because of Hurricane Gustav, GOP officials said.
Bush will introduce a video of several Gulf state governors thanking the delegates for their support during the hurricane, said Rick Davis, the chairman of Sen. John McCain's campaign, on a morning call (click to listen).
Cindy McCain will make some remarks at the end the abbreviated two-hour session, but Davis said they would be limited to encouraging the delegates to contribute financially to Hurricane relief.
"We will try not to overly politicize it," Davis said, adding that there would be no music or videos beyond the message from the governors. "It was our intention to keep politics out."
Officials said Bush and McCain would start speaking at about 4:50 p.m. CDT.
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