A Subdued Republican Convention Kicks Off

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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 - political columnist for the 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

Warren Olney

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