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Surrogates Talk Up McCain-Palin Ticket

Anita Kumar

MINNEAPOLIS -- A couple hundred Virginians began their first official day at the Republican National Convention at a breakfast where they prayed for Gulf Coast hurricane victims and GOP presidential and vice presidential hopefuls, Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

A slew of speakers talked up McCain, including James Woolsey, CIA director during the Clinton administration; retired Major General and Medal of Honor recipient Patrick Brady; Ken Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state and first African-American to be a candidate for governor of a major party in that state; and U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren of California.

"No other leader in America, no one today, has had his experiences, has demostarted his guts or is better qualified to lead American in a time of war,'' Brady said.

The "McCain surrogates" were making the rounds at various delegation breakfasts and other events at the convention this week. They spoke about energy, abortion rights, homosexuals in the military, flag burning and other issues.

Delegates, alternates and othe guests munched on muffins and rolls, strawberries and grapes. Some wore newly produced buttons for McCain and Palin.

A line snaked around the room to get an official photo snapped with the 2009 candidates for the state's two top offices -- Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, who plans to run for governor, and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who plans to run for re-election.

The breakfast was sponsored by Jason Chung, a consultant with the Livingston Group in Washington.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 1, 2008; 11:13 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , At the 2008 Conventions , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/President , John McCain , Robert F. McDonnell  
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