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The Governor of Alaska has been under wraps and under intense preparation for tonight's address to the convention and the rest of the world. A former aide to President Bush says she'll either be "a wild success or a spectacular failure." We hear more of her path to the vice presidential nomination and about last night's speech by the Democrats' former nominee, Joe Lieberman. What are the themes of John McCain's convention? What about the economy? What about George W. Bush, who got eight minutes of the delegates' time?

Deadlines Past

Walter Mears

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Frances Anderton

Making News Republican Red Meat and a Bipartisan Appeal 6 MIN, 7 SEC

John McCain's convention is back on track after last night's barn-burning speech for former Senator Fred Thompson and the endorsement of McCain by Senator Joe Lieberman, who was the Democrat's vice-presidential nominee just eight years ago. Thompson focused on McCain's experience as a POW in Vietnam. Gerald Seib, executive Washington Editor of the Wall Street Journal, is co-author of Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Back Room Power.

Guests:
Gerald Seib, Washington Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal (@GeraldFSeib)

Pennsylvania Avenue

Gerald Seib and John Harwood

Main Topic Is Sarah Palin Ready for Prime Time? 43 MIN, 1 SEC

Topping off last night's hour of prime time at the Republican National Convention was Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, now an Independent, but who just eight years ago was the vice-presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. He endorsed John McCain and advocated the reaching out across party lines, something he reminded convention-goers that Barack Obama does not do. Tonight's featured speaker will be Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska who's a virtual unknown to the rest of the country. We hear about her political career, the selection process and how she's being prepared for prime time.

Guests:
Walter Mears, Special Correspondent, Associated Press
Rich Galen, Mullings.com (@richgalen)
Nathan Thornburgh, Senior Editor, Time Magazine
Marsha Blackburn, Congresswoman (R-TN)
Peter Wallsten, Washington Post (@peterwallsten)
David Brooks, New York Times (@nytdavidbrooks)
Gary Langer, ABC News (@LangerResearch)

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