From the River Centre in St. Paul, Minnesota, opening day is a shadow of what the Republicans planned for their National Convention. The McCain campaign is waiting to see what Hurricane Gustav does to the Gulf Coast and if preparations were adequate. We get an update on Gustav and on anti-war protesters, who claimed they would draw a crowd of 50,000. Have they met their own expectations?
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Opening day is a shadow of what the Republicans planned for their National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. George Bush and Dick Cheney won't be coming as scheduled. Hurricane Gustav has forced them to make other plans. John McCain has suspended political hoopla, at least for today, and the convention will conduct the minimum of official business. We get the latest from Louisiana and try to assess what it will mean for the legacy of President Bush and McCain's political future. We also hear Republicans debate the choice of Sarah Palin and a conservative platform that fails to mention McCain.
Karen Tumulty, Washington Post (@ktumulty)
Peter Baker, New York Times (@peterbakernyt)
Stephen Spruiell, Staff Reporter, National Review
Connie Mackey, Senior Vice President, Family Research Council
Kellie Rose Ferguson, Executive Director, Republican Majority for Choice
Anti-war protesters have gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. Speeches began a couple of hours ago, and a march to the Excel Center is about to get under way. George Bush and Dick Cheney won't be coming to St. Paul, but that hasn't stopped anti-war demonstrators from going through with their plans. Curt Brown reports for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Curt Brown, Reporter, Minneapolis Star Tribune
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