GOP Candidate Speeches Scrapped
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- While much of the attention Monday was on Hurricane Gustav and the cancellation of appearances here by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, a handful of prominent Republican congressional candidates also lost their chances to speak when the convention schedule was altered.
The original schedule for today included several current lawmakers as well as National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) and five GOP House candidates: Rick Goddard (Georgia's 8th district), Erik Paulsen (Minnesota's 3rd district), Chris Hackett (Pennsylvania's 10th district), Jay Love (Alabama's 2nd district) and Cynthia Lummis (Wyoming-At Large).
The appearances were to take place during the day, certainly not during the prime-time network broadcasts and likely not on any cable news networks either. Only the attendees here at the convention and C-SPAN viewers would have had the chance to see the candidates' brief moments in the sun.
Still, the national platform afforded by the convention could have provided the hopefuls with a boost, particularly since so many big Republican donors are here in St. Paul and might have cracked open their wallets after catching the speeches. Most GOP candidates in heated races seem to have skipped the convention altogether, since they need the time on the campaign trail and, as the person who approves Capitol Briefing's expense report will attest, a trip here to the Twin Cities this week is definitely not cheap.
Democrats were more fortunate last week, as several of the party's top candidates appeared on the Denver stage on Tuesday.
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