A day after Hurricane Gustav struck the Gulf coast and dramatically toned down the pageantry and business of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul Minnesota, it appears that the convention at least of now will go back to business.
Organizers of the Republican National Convention seem to be deciding the speakers and events. Last night the speeches of Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W Bush were canceled, although George W Bush will address the convention via Satelite at about 9:30p.m. ET. The “9/11 Guy” (former Mayor and Republican Presidential Candidate Rudy Gulliani (R-NY)) who was supposed to be giving the keynote address tonight will be speaking later in the week. The cause isn’t really stated but one assumes that it is because as the hurricane abates and coverage turns back to the Convention more people will be watching. Instead tonight it appears the GOP will be going with the “Grumpy Old Men” theme, when former 2000 Vice Presidential Candidate and Independent Senator as well as McCain supporter Sen Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Actor, former Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN), who himself had a short-lived Presidential campaign will speak before the convention tonight.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republicans revamped their convention plans for a second day, dropping former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as keynote speaker Tuesday night while trying to determine President Bush’s role in the political pageantry celebrating John McCain’s candidacy for president.
In Giuliani’s speaking slot were former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, one of McCain’s rivals for the Republican nomination, and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, the Democrats’ vice presidential candidate in 2000 and now a McCain supporter. Republicans say the two will talk about McCain’s life and their friendship with him.