Wednesday, September 3, 2008

2008 Convention Coverage

Yesterday was an exciting day at the convention in St. Paul!

Some of the speakers included:

-Fmr. Senator Fred Thompson

-Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

-Minority Leader John Boehner

-First Lady Laura Bush

-President George W. Bush

The overall theme of this convention is “country first,” with today’s theme being “service.” A brief video of McCain’s service was played before the speeches, and a fellow solider who served with McCain talked about McCain’s service to America.

George and Laura Bush’s respective speeches both reflected “country first” and “service.” Both praised McCain for his years in the Senate and in the military. They also reflected on the need for America to have a President that is ready on day one and ready to take this country in the right direction.

House Republican Leader John Boehner praised the ticket, saying, “Under the leadership of Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin, Republicans are returning to our roots and reclaiming our mantle as the party of reform…the party America needs us to be. ” Boehner also took a jab at Congressional Democrats, saying, “The people sent a message in 2006: they reminded us that they’re in charge. Republicans listened to that message, and learned from it. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama ignored it.”

To be honest, Lieberman said it best when he said, ” What, after all, is a Democrat like me doing at a Republican convention like this? The answer is simple. I’m here to support John McCain because country matters more than party. I’m here tonight because John McCain is the best choice to bring our country together and lead our country forward. I’m here because John McCain’s whole life testifies to a great truth: being a Democrat or a Republican is important. But it is not more important than being an American.”

Fmr. Senator Fred Thompson also had similar things to say when he said, “My role is to help remind you of the man behind the vision. Because tonight our country is calling to all of us to step up, stand up, and put ‘Country First’ with John McCain. Tonight we are being called upon to do what is right for our country.”

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