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From the Floor: Arrival in Twin Cities

Sam White
Sam White is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, who will be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Maryland Moment. He is from Odenton in Anne Arundel County.

The last time we talked, I was in Atlanta waiting to take the final jump to St. Paul. I have since made it and I am pleased to tell you that St.Paul is as beautiful as I had hoped

The hotel that I am staying at is right downtown and just minutes away from the Xcel Energy center where the convention will be held. As we drove in, our cab driver, (who first took us to the other Embassy Suites in Minneapolis!!!) gave us a tour as we drove into St. Paul. He showed us the State Capitol, the area where the bridge had collapsed as well as other points that he felt important to show us.

One site that stood out was St. Paul's cathedral. This church, that just underwent a major renovation and revitalization is nothing less than beautiful, and I will make every effort to get a better look at it.

I spent the first part of Sunday afternoon getting to the hotel, unpacking, getting my credentials and meeting up with my fellow delegation members before we went to a welcome reception at Civic Fest. This was an amazing expo center that was filled with vendors, food, drinks, White House photo ops, and of course the 4 piece Dixie string band.

With Gustav just about to gain landfall, it is no wonder that many things have changed for the first day. First, the convention session that was set to last from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m., it has been shortened to last only two hours. This time will be filled with the official process of nominating Senator McCain and Governor Palin. All of Monday's speakers have cancelled. The general feeling here is that this is a time to pull together as a nation behind the people of the Gulf states and the emergency crews that are there to help.

However, even with the hurricane, there is an overwhelming sense of comaraderie, strength and unity as we come together to nominate the next President of the United States.

I have been able to speak with people from so many different parts of country who all are very excited about our party and what we are here to do.

Sunday night I even met Pat Buchanan who was very gracious in taking the time to speak with us and pose for pictures.

After all this, I went to a local restaurant/club with some other friends and we were able to relax, get some good food and oh yes, do the electric slide! What evening would be complete without that American dance routine that we have all mastered. Go ahead you can admit it!

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 1, 2008; 12:49 PM ET
Categories:  At the 2008 Conventions  
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This guy rocks!! His posts really are funny but informative as well. Keep it up!

Posted by: Heather | September 3, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

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