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The Wednesday Evening GOP Convention Schedule

Earlier today the Republican National Convention released the line-up for tonight's events, which are organized around the theme of "reform." Highlight include: vice-presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Participants are organized by hour of participation:

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Call to Order, Introduction of Colors: U.S. Sen. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.)
Presentation of Colors: Law Enforcement Memorial Association (Minn.)
Pledge of Allegiance: Sharon Clahchischilliage and Mary Leavitt
Singing of "America the Beautiful": John Shillington and Ruby Brown
Invocation: Father Edward Reese
Speaker: U.S. Sen. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.)
Video: "Country First: Prosperity," with narration by Robert Duvall
Speaker: Anne Beiler
Speaker: U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)
Speaker: Renee Amoore
Speaker: State Sen. Abel Maldonado (Calif.)
Speaker: Carolyn Dunn

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Elena Rios
Speaker: Ruth Novodor
Speaker: Christy Swanson
Speaker: Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Michael Williams
Speaker: Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuno
Speaker: Meg Whitman, former President and CEO of EBay
Video: Sen. McCain's Economic Reform Package
Speaker: Carly Fiorina, former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Prayer: Bishop Thomas Wenski

8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Speaker: GOPAC Chairman Michael Steele
Speaker: Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)
Speaker: Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.)
Musical Performance: John Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and Cowboy Troy

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Speaker: Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (N.Y.)
Speaker: Gov. Linda Lingle (Hawaii)
Video: Sarah Palin
Speaker: Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin

10 p.m. to Conclusion
Procedural Activities Required for Nomination of the Presidential Candidate: U.S. House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio)
Roll Call: Sec. Jean Inman, Assist. Sec. Connie Nicholas, and Assist. Sec. Rosie Tripp
Benediction: Rev. Eva Rodriguez
Adjournment: U.S. House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio)

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 3, 2008; 5:25 PM ET
Categories:  Conventions , Republican Party  
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Last night was an incredible night for the Republicans. I keep hearing how Sarah Palin talked about everything but the economy. I disagree. She spoke about the economy and she spoke about the middle class. Moreover, she is the middle class. One would have to understand the full definition of economy to understand that indeed she spoke about the economic well being of this country. Sarah Palin, showed class and intellect. She demonstrated that she is quite capable of taking her position as vice president. The democrats, the media, were not fully prepared for what they heard and have found themselves attempting to minimize or discredit what really took place. McCain and Palin are the ticket that will turn this country around. Thus far, there has not been one commentator today that has been able to bring down last nights victory for the Republican Party. Listen folks, you must be ready, the Republicans are taking for more years!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin can say whatever they want. It is the Republican Party to which they are attached that should cause people pause. If the people do not punish the Republican Party in this election big time, then they will receive 4 more years of the same with 70% disapproval. I cannot imagine an American public so stupid as to wish on itself four more years of record low approval ratings for a Prsident and his policies. In four more years, the superwealthy will own almost all of it. The superwealthy now can purchase elections, like they did in 2000 and 2004. So we have a democratic republic? It seems that we are owned and operated by the superwealthy with our furture mortgaged to China,the Middle East, and so forth.

Before you pull the lever, touch your finger to the screen, or punch the card, think about the next four years and what you did not like about the last 8 years. Give the Democratic Party a real shot at responsible change by electing majorities in both houses of Congress and a President committed to responsible change.

Obama is the real deal. I just heard someone bring up the Bill Ayers connection again. I ask, do you know who you are worshipping with on Sunday morning? Do you really know who your neighbors are? Do you believe in second chances? However, Obama never knew Ayers when he was invovled in his anti-war activities. Obama was only 8 years old and no where close to Chicago. The Republicans try to connect events on improbable timetables and tell you they they are telling the truth.

I followed the OJ trial. After hearing most of the evidence presented, I concluded that he was guilty. Obviously, the jury did not. Why? A quick slogan, "If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit." How clever, but oh what a distortion of the evidence. The jury was obviously unable to connect the fact that Simpson wearing a rubber glove would indeed have trouble putting on any kind of glove. You try it sometime. No amount of scientific explanation was about to convince a jury determined to ignore the evidence. McCain is playing the same shell game before the American public. His one-liners with Rick Warren may have been a hit that night, but they did not tell you a thing about McCain's thinking below the most shallow of statements.

America needs to wake up and vote based on a complete airing of all the evidence before them.

Posted by: Earl C | September 3, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin...twice as experienced and thoughtful as Obama.

Posted by: Paul | September 3, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Over the past few days I've been struck by two things: (1) the pallid visual timbre of every picture (both website-based and TV shots) of the crowd at the RNC convention -- lots of smiling caucasians and lots of white and gray hair -- nary a nod to the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic community that really makes up this country today; and (2) the spineless complicity of the mainline press in using the marketing slogans chosen by the very deft branding spinmeisters of the RNC merely for the sake of The "gaming-changing" Sarah Palin? Give me a break! Even before she's shown that she even belongs in this big-league game, the RNC wants Sarah to be branded as a "game-changer" in the psyche of we Americans who only read the headlines. Since when did getting a degree in journalism drop the course requirement for "critical analysis 101" and replace it with "introductory cut and paste"?

Posted by: Tom S, Wellesley, Massachusetts | September 3, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Senior U.S. Diplomatic Sources Warn of Imminent Hit on Iran
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September 3, 2008 (LPAC)--Senior U.S. diplomatic sources are again sounding the alarm that there could be U.S. military action against Iran in the very near future. These warnings coincide with the assessment of Lyndon LaRouche that Vice-President Dick Cheney is determined to launch such an attack before he leaves office, an attack which, in the context of the British-instigated assault on Russia, promises to lead rapidly toward thermonuclear World War III.

The global situation is currently on a hair-trigger, LaRouche has emphasized, made immeasurably worse by the Bush Administration's going along with the Saudi demand to remove Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. There is a very narrow window of opportunity to prevent new insane acts by de facto President Cheney.

In this context, the fact that there is effectively no presidential candidate in the United States, and that the world financial system is in the throes of total breakdown, make the world situation more dangerous than most people can imagine in their worst nightmares. A sudden awakening within the base of the U.S. electorate, toward the requirement of an FDR solution, provides the only near-term hope of avoiding disaster.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

This evening Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee, will address the 2008 Republican National Convention. Excerpts from the governor’s remarks:

On her experience as a public servant:

"I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better. When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too. Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities."

On why she is going to Washington, D.C.:

"I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country."

On energy policies that the McCain-Palin administration will implement:

"Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems - as if we all didn’t know that already. But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more more nuclear plants...create jobs with clean coal...and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers."

On John McCain:

"Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change."

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse


"This election is not about issues," said Davis. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."


"Which probably explains why last night when they were speaking, all these speakers (at the Republican National Convention) came up, you didn’t hear a single word about the economy," Obama said at an economic forum in New Philadelphia, Ohio. "Not once did people mention the hardships that people are going through."

"I guess I don’t blame them," Obama added, "because if you don’t have any issues to run on, you want it all to be about personality. If you have got George Bush’s track record and John McCain voting 90 percent of the time in agreement with George Bush, then you probably you don’t want to talk about issues either."

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 3, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

The beautiful and heart-wamring American left has a deeep love and compassion of this amazing middle class "hockey mom" and are here just to prop her up and expose how wonderful and real she is. It will work so well for them as they are so to realize it when it happens because FOX News will have reported it. A governor makes more decisions in a month that a monkey does in years. McCain has made disparging remarks about women throughout his whole life during which time he cheated on his first wife! Oh Yes! God Bless. Beninor

Posted by: Beninor | September 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News:

Sarah Palin is a Muslim and vacations in the exotic "Alaska"!!! Stay tuned.

Posted by: kooky roberts, abc fools | September 3, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

The looney American left is scared of a middle class "hockey mom" and are just trying to disparage her. It will backfire on them and they aren't astute enough to realize it when it happens because the various liberal drive-by media will not have reported it. A governor makes more decisions in a month that a senator does in years. Obama said he has been the executive of his campaign for 18 months! During which time he made executive decisions in 57 states! Oh! Good grief! Deninor

Posted by: Deninor | September 3, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Delusion on parade. The right spin masters are out in force, filling the mouths of the talk machine. It comes to this, Palin's experience is based on her being the mayor of a town as big as the Yankee Stadium bleachers (thanks Mr. Olbermann!) Other than that she's a republican hack, pulling the party into the black hole of the fundamentalist fringe. Doomed to defeat.

Posted by: lsteinwa | September 3, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Low Road Express schedule posted.

Times and morals subject to chance without notice.

Posted by: Conductor | September 3, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Joe M wrote:
To the Shandling comment: Do you really believe that the left wing nuts are not spreading awful lies about her mother's baby being the daughter's child.
We are spreading them about you too, Mr. Paranoid.

Your father is your brother, and your brother and your mother are making another.

I'm sorry. That was mean. I met your parents and they seemed like a couple of nice guys.

Posted by: K Ackermann | September 3, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching this stuff, and the dems should take away their flags because they abuse them.

The Dems are the Patriots, the reps are the British.

Look at them! All lilly white and anal-retentive. Earnestly awaiting Peg Bundy to tell the life story someone wrote for her.

If you see any errors, tell me and I'll stop.

Posted by: K Ackermann | September 3, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I suggest putting a number next to each name with the number of GOP lies they plan on telling us.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I like how Dick Cheney chose to fly out of the country during the Convention! How convienient for the GOP!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

ES, etc.

Considering she hasn't even spoken yet, I assume you must be having hallucinations re: The One?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Pretty slick scheduling, no? I assume the times are Central Daylight, otherwise all the headliners are done before the networks pick up coverage.

Posted by: lpryluck1 | September 3, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I too saw this wonderful and awe-inspiring speech tonight! At one moment it appeared as if Sarah Palin was hovering off the ground and emitting an auru of grandiose god-like proportions. I wept like a child as each word poured forth from her mouth like golden nuggets of truth and wisdom! As she began to spin feverishly behind the lectern flecks of what i can only describe as "god-juice" flung from her arms and thighs into the audience where it was devoured and gathered into cups to be taken to local orphanages and intensive care centers. The election process needs to be stopped immediately and Sarah Palin needs to be declared the Persident of the World!

God speed! McCain/Palin '08!

Posted by: McCain/Palin '08 | September 3, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

To the Shandling comment: Do you really believe that the left wing nuts are not spreading awful lies about her mother's baby being the daughter's child. When it omes to nut cakes their lies mud slinging is wrong regardless of party. The smears against Palin have been shameful, sexist and untrue. A good example is the crap that is being said about her inability to run for Vice President and take care of her children. Did talking heads with left leaning views say that Obama could not run for President and still look after his kids? --- For that matter did right wing talking heads say this about Obama? Give me a break.

Posted by: Joe M | September 3, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Palin Delivers Greatest Speech in American History

"I think this is right up there with the Gettysburg Address," said William Kristol, of the Weekly Standard. "She showed tonight that not only is she ready on Day 1 to be vice-president, but that she is, in fact, the best candidate for any office this country has ever seen. It was a game-changing, grand slam dunking, turn-off the voting machines, this race is over, kind of a speech. Certainly, there is no further need to pay any attention to her record, experience, or family problems. She has put all questions to rest tonight with one magnificent, barn-burning, doozy of a matter-settling stemwinder."

Convention-goers echoed Kristol’s praise...

Posted by: ES | September 3, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

If the Obamas had a 17 year-old daughter who was unmarried and pregnant by a tough-talking black kid, my guess is if that they all appeared onstage at a Democratic convention and the delegates were cheering wildly, a number of conservative talking heads would be rolling their eyes and saying what lack of judgement and fault of character this was...

Yet tonight we have GOP Queen Palin!!! Her sh*t don't stink!

Posted by: Gary Shandling, Hollywood CA | September 3, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Pop up the popcorn, pull up your seat, and get ready to witness a bunch of well-to-do rich white folks hem and haw about how great the GOP is!

And then, oh yes, then, hold onto your hats because the Sarah Palin Straight-talk Express is going to headline this little shin-dig in St. Paul! Watch out folks! You thought it was a busy news day today! Just wait til tomorrow! Oh boy!

Posted by: Neilsen Ratings Guy | September 3, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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