Republican Convention In Full Swing
Almost 5,000 enthuiastic Republicans from all corners of the state decended on downtown Richmond this morning for the state convention.
"We have some work to do but we are up to the challenge,'' said Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who was chosen yesterday to preside over the two-day convention. "The Republican Party is alive and well and will remain the majority party in this Commonwealth of Virginia."
The Greater Richmond Convention Center was full of vendors hawking Republican elephant ties, supporters handing out of stickers for candidates and volunteers hanging thousands of signs around the cavernous ballroom.
The convention kicked off just after 10 a.m. with a welcome from John H. Hager, who is state party chairman, a former lieutenant governor and father-in-law of President Bush's daughter, Jenna.
"We are the party of ideas,'' Bush said in a taped video message to delegates.
In recent years, the Republican party in Virginia has lost the Governor's mansion and one of the two U.S. Senate seats. GOP leaders predicted that losing streak is over.
"We have so much more that unites us than divides us," Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell said. "We are kicking off the resurrgence of the Republican Party of Virginia."
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