June 27, 2004

MAYBE SENATOR KERRY WAS RIGHT NOT TO BOTHER WITH A CONVENTION, HE CAN'T MATCH THIS ONE:

McCain and Giuliani to Be Spotlighted at G.O.P. Convention (ADAM NAGOURNEY, June 26, 2004, NY Times)

Senator John McCain of Arizona, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Rudolph W. Giuliani have been chosen for prime-time speaking spots at the Republican convention in New York City this summer, campaign officials said Saturday.

The lineup is intended to spotlight party moderates while underlining a central theme of the Republican gathering: President Bush's response to the Sept. 11 attacks. Gov. George E. Pataki of New York will also speak in prime time, according to a schedule that will be officially released Monday. Mr. Pataki or Mr. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, may well end up nominating Mr. Bush at the convention, party officials said. [...]

The convention schedule also suggests that the White House apparently agreed with Mr. Schwarzenegger about what role he could serve at the convention. Mr. Schwarzenegger said in a recent interview that "if they're smart," Republicans would put him in prime time, and they did.

Two of the other prime-time speeches will be given by Laura Bush, the first lady, and Rod Paige, the secretary of education.


Democratic Senator Zell Miller will also be addressing the GOP convention. Given his rock solid support on the Right, the President has the kind of room to play to the middle that his father never did.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 27, 2004 12:00 AM
Comments

Given that the convention's in New York, any chance of a speech by another Bush endorsee, Ed Koch?

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at June 27, 2004 1:46 AM

OT, mabye, but who's speaking in prime time at the Dem convention? Michael Moore? AlGore? Noam Chomsky? Howard Dean? "YEEEAAAAAAGGGHHH!"

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 27, 2004 9:08 AM

Bush Sr., forfeited the support of the Right when he rebuked his benefactor Ronald Reagan with that line in his inaugural address about a "kindler, gentler nation." I daresay I was not the only Reagan man who reached for the remote while muttering, "See you in four years, A**hole!"

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 27, 2004 9:44 AM

Don't forget that Nancy may appear or there will at least be a tribute to Reagan. Hopefully, the GOP will have the integrity to make it a real tribute and not a Wellstone minute.

Posted by: Buttercup at June 27, 2004 1:40 PM

But the Democrats can counter with Tom Vilsack!

Posted by: brian at June 27, 2004 5:23 PM
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