Sarah Palin – What A Great Choice!

It is now official!  The Republican ticket is now McCain/Palin.  Sarah Palin is the ultra popular, one-term Governor of Alaska.  I am very pleased and excited by this pick.  While myself and many others pushed for and hoped for Mike Hukcabee to be VP I think this choice may have been McCain’s best option.   Yes, part of the decision was based on the fact that Palin is a woman but I think it is more complex than that.  

Through the Summer the Conservative base has been very lathargic and tepid in ther excitement.  I could see it through the media and I got to see it first hand when I attended a Walton County (GA) GOP BBQ on Memorial Day Weekend.    Almost instantly the base has been charged and jacked up. I have received multiple press releases (too many to share here) from Conservatives and Conservative groups and the excitement could not be any higher about this pick.  There is also a surprise factor here.  This was not expected at all.  Palin was not really in the discussion at all.  She was almost completely off the radar screen.  My jaw literally hit the floor as I heard the possible news on TV this morning! 

Maybe the most shocked and pleasantly surprised are Huckabee supporters.  After a sleepless night of dispair we have awoken to joy and ecstacy over McCain’s choice.  While a Romney or Huckabee choice might have benn a good one choosing one of them over the other would have continued the schism (and maybe exacerbated the situation).  It is very clear that all sides are now untied together to support the ticket.  That was not case in the Democratic Party afterr Obama’s pick of Joe Biden. 

From our prespective we see Sarah Palin as one of us.  She is a member of the new breed of Republicans trying to take the party back from corrupt country-club conyism and handing it back to the people (as Reagan did).  Palin has fought corruption tooth and nail.  She has fought pork and tax increases in a big way in Alaska (against her own party).  She is also 100% Pro-Life and a proponent of off-shore drilling and fighting for our energy independence by any means necessary. 

While it might not be Huck, McCain has made an awesome choice!  I therefore endorse the ticket with my whole heart!  John & Sarah – This member of Huck’s Army is reporting for duty!   

VEEPSTAKES – John McCain Chooses Governor Sarah Palin!!

There was a reason I did not comment further on the previous post last night with the news that Governor Mike Huckabee was not McCain’s choice.  First of all I was not in an emotionally stable mindset to post something that made sense logically.  Another reason is I wanted to wait to hear who the actual choice would be.  Numerous sources now claim that Senator John McCain has chosen Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin as his running mate.  It is very ironic.  About a year ago in a blog roundup I shared a link to a blog that campaigned for Palin to be the VP choice of whomever won the GOP’s nomination. 

I am extremely pleased.  I really like her a lot.  McCain has made a fantastic choice!  More on this later…after I return from lunch. 

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Mike Huckabee: "It’s Not Me."

It has been a very emotionally taxing day as the Veepstakes is down to the wire.  Emotions have risen and fallen with every rumor and story through the media.  There was finally hope this evening when it was announced that McCain’s short list was all headed to Dayton, OH for the rally tomorrow that will unviel the ticket.  According to those reports, Governor Mike Huckabee was to be headed to Dayton with that group of people.  

That news came a few hours ago but the record has been set straight.  Governor Mike Huckabee had this to say on his blog just minutes ago:  

Dear HuckPAC family:

You guys have been incredible in your faithful support, prayers, and efforts throughout the campaign and beyond it. Janet and I feel like the most blessed people on earth to have been able to be part of the growing community of people across America who believe in vertical politics. I know that many of you have hoped and prayed that I would be selected as John McCain’s running mate. I am certainly moved by your support and confidence, but instead of you hearing a bunch of total nonsense from the media, I want to share exclusively with you what is up.

There are reports that I’m on my way to Dayton tonight. Not true. Wasn’t invited to be there and any reports that I’m going to be there are a big surprise to me. I have never been contacted by the McCain campaign at any point about the VP slot. I have never been asked for any information, background, etc., so as I have said repeatedly in interviews, I didn’t consider myself to be under any consideration. I think people thought I was being coy and just not talking, but I have built my political life on trying to shoot straight and tell it as it is and as I see it. I have been honest in telling you that I had no reason to believe I was ever seriously considered or “vetted” for the ticket. That’s why I have continued with HuckPAC because I have felt that we (me and you) shouldn’t give up, but rather gear up and help good pro-life, conservative people to office across the notion

Our efforts are just getting started. Like you, I will await news of who Senator McCain selects. I hope it will be a person with a solid record and solid convictions on the foundation issues that bring many of us to the process. I’m taking this unusual step to communicate so it will come from me and not from some of the ridiculous things being said on TV and websites tonight.


With deep appreciation,

Mike Huckabee  

It is very dissapointing and distressing to read that but I’d rather hear the bad news given by the man himself instead of waiting with unrealistic hopes to be dashed tomorrow morning.  I am very disgusted and angered by the fact that Mike was never vetted, called, or considered.  However I will leave those thoughts for another time. 

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A Democrat’s Worst Nightmare – McCain Naming Huckabee His Running Mate

The following was written by one of my fellow Huck’s Army soldiers and bloggers, TheValuesVoter.  I don’t think I could write something better that explains why McCain selecting Huckabee would be the Democrats worst nightmare  Well done!  I just pray to God that John McCain realizes the same logic that we do.  Otherwise he is doomed. 

It was reported last year that the Republican candidate who most worried the Democrats was Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The Democratic Strategists must be relieved that his name hasn’t been mentioned on McCain’s short lists. But let’s take a look at the type of thing that the Democratic consultants are probably very afraid of.

Friday, August 29th 4:30 AM
Dear Diary,
I just woke up from the scariest dream …

 

When I went to bed last night, I was in a great mood. Our conference was awesome and the party was starting to come together. Barack gave an incredible speech. And the polls showed we were getting a good bump out of the convention.
 

And then I went back to the hotel and fell asleep. And I dreamed that I was watching television and watching McCain announce his running mate. We had been preparing for Romney (we put together the coolest ad). But we also were ready for the other members of the short list. For each of those people, we had talking points about why they were horrible picks and would continue the Bush tradition. I dreamed I was staring straight at the screen when they unveiled McCain’s Veep.
 

And then I saw MIKE HUCKABEE with John McCain. Aw, shucks. The guy we weren’t expecting. And I screamed for a minute like I was Howard Dean. I was really scared.

But then I thought to myself – “yes we can.” We can deal with this. And so I went to the office to prepare some talking points on Huckabee. But that was even scarier.

I searched through all of Huckabee’s comments to find something bad he said about McCain so that we could put out our own ad just like the Republicans did to us last week. But I came up empty. He never said anything bad about McCain. 
 

Then we tried to connect him to the Bush Administration so that we could show why he’d be part of a second Bush term. But that was even more frustrating. He ran a state and didn’t have anything to do with Iraq, the deficit, the national debt, or our image abroad. We looked around for how much he voted with Bush. But because he was the only person running who wasn’t in the Senate, he didn’t even have the opportunity to vote with or against Bush. Arrggh. 
 

We tried to make some arguments about how McCain/Huckabee would not help Americans with health care. But even that didn’t work. Huckabee created a program that offered health insurance to poor children. He cut the number of uninsured Arkansans so that it was a quarter less than the national average. He even lost a hundred pounds and saved money on drugs himself because he didn’t need diabetes medication anymore. This dream kept getting worse by the minute. 
 

We were going to make an ad to attack all Republicans because of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. But even that didn’t work because Huckabee took money out of his own state’s treasury to help house the evacuees from neighboring Louisiana. He even gave free dialysis machines to the evacuees who were sick. 
 

We tried to point out how the Republicans haven’t reached out to black voters. But we couldn’t even do that because Huckabee got half the black vote in Arkansas, even with Bill and Hillary Clinton helping his opponent. And then a bunch of black Pastors and church groups got together and (tremble) said they were going to vote for him. 
 

Since Joe Biden has been in politics for so long, we wanted to compare our Veep against their Veep and show how much experience our guy has. But then someone pointed out that Huckabee was the only person who had actually run a government and has a longer tenure than any governor of either party. We were hoping Biden would be able to beat the Pub’s Veep in a debate. But Huck won the debates easily. He even told funnier jokes.

We tried to talk about all the personal scandals that Republicans have been involved in over the past couple of years. But when we tried to pull up dirt on Huckabee, we came up … empty. EMPTY!? He’s been married to the same woman for 34 years, his kids love him and he’s stayed out of trouble. 
 

Our last hope was that those talk show radio hosts would help us out, the way they did during the primaries. But it turned out that even though their guy didn’t get picked, they still disliked our nominee so much that they started being fair to Huckabee.

And because McCain and Huckabee seemed to have so much fun campaigning together, McCain started looking happier and more relaxed on the stump. 
 

I started to cry. I knew we were probably going to lose the election. And then I woke up.

Gosh! I’m still shaking. I’m just glad they haven’t realized that they’ve been ignoring the best candidate. That was TOO close. I’m just glad it was just a dream.

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RNC Releases "Full Program" (Or Is It?)

The RNC has released what they are calling their “Full Convention Program” this afternoon.  The release follows and then I have some thoughts and questions about it:  

“Country First”: 2008 Republican National
Convention Announces Full Program

Convention Announces Additional Speakers and Program Details


SAINT PAUL, Minn.
– The 2008 Republican National Convention today announced the names of additional speakers for the program of events that will run Sept. 1-4. The convention’s overall theme, “Country First,” reflects John McCain’s remarkable record of leadership and service to America. Each day of proceedings will center on a touchstone theme that has defined John McCain’s life and will be central to his vision for leading our nation forward as president.

“The 2008 Convention program will bring together Americans who will speak to John McCain’s vision for reforming our government, building prosperity and ensuring peace for future generations. We are excited about next week and we are looking forward to showcasing John McCain’s life-long record of putting his country first,” said Jill Hazelbaker, McCain 2008 communications director.

Among the new speakers announced today are Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio), U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas), former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist (Tenn.) and Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission Michael Williams. Their remarks will echo the themes that have been selected for each of the convention’s four days: service, reform, prosperity and peace.

“We are thrilled to announce our full program of speakers and program participants. We look forward to presenting a convention program that will share Senator McCain’s unparalleled record of experience and service with millions of Americans,” said Maria Cino, president and CEO of the 2008 Republican National Convention.

The program of events follows. Additions to the program appear with an asterisk (*).

Monday, Sept. 1
Service

“Love of country, my friends, is another way of saying love of your fellow countryman.”
–Sen. John McCain

John McCain’s commitment to his fellow Americans, a commitment forged in service to his country, is one of the defining hallmarks of his life. Monday’s events will highlight John McCain’s record of service and sacrifice and reflect his commitment to serving a cause greater than one’s own self-interest.

Speakers will include:

  • President George W. Bush
  • Vice President Richard B. Cheney
  • First Lady Laura Bush
  • Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)*
  • Gov. Rick Perry (Texas)*
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Calif.)
  • Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.)*
  • U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.)*
  • U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)*
  • U.S. Sen. John Ensign (Nev.)*
  • U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah)*
  • U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.)
  • U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake (Va.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (Ill.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif)*
  • Maria Cino, President and CEO of the 2008 Republican National Convention*
  • Jo Ann Davidson, Chairman of the 2008 Republican National Convention Committee on Arrangements*
  • Tommy Espinoza*
  • Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)*
  • Bill Gross*
  • Ashley Gunn*
  • Chris Hackett*
  • Doug Leatherdale*
  • Jay Love*
  • Cynthia Lummis*
  • Erik Paulsen*
  • Capt. Leslie Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.)*

Program participants will include:

  • Victoria Blackstone, Stars and Stripes Winner, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Boy Scout Troop 738 of St Louis Park, Minn. will serve as the Color Guard

Tuesday, Sept. 2
Reform

“If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you are disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and correct them.”
–Sen. John McCain

John McCain’s life is a testament to the fundamental truth that every American can be a force for change. A restless reformer who has dedicated his career to taking on special interests and the status quo, John McCain will deliver the right kind of change and reform to meet the great challenges of our time. On Tuesday, the convention program will underscore his vision of a government that is transparent, principled and worthy of the American people it serves.

Speakers will include :

  • Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani
  • Gov. Jon Huntsman (Utah)
  • Gov. Linda Lingle (Hawaii)
  • Gov. Sarah Palin (Alaska)
  • Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.)
  • Former Gov. Tom Ridge (Pa.)
  • Former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (Md.)
  • U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.)*
  • Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.)
  • House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio)*
  • U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Luis Fortuño (Puerto Rico)*
  • U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam (Fla.)*
  • State Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth (Calif.)*
  • Rosario Marin, California Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency and former Treasurer of the United States
  • Chris Collins*
  • Carolyn Dunn*
  • Phil Hayes*
  • Lisa Keegan*
  • Ruth Novodor*
  • Dr. Elena Rios *
  • Shirley Sadler*
  • Joe Watkins*

Program participants will include:

  • Mary Leavitt will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
  • The VFW of Red Lake, Minn. will serve as the Color Guard
  • Rabbi Ira Flax will lead the convention in prayer
  • Dr. Robert Certain will lead the convention in prayer

Wednesday, Sept. 3
Prosperity

“America’s best days are still to come.”
–Sen. John McCain

The American story is one of perseverance. Even in the face of tough times, the ingenuity and spirit of the American people has ushered in a new era of prosperity. Wednesday’s program will focus on John McCain’s plans to get our economy back on track and continue our long tradition of meeting the challenges we face and using our prosperity to help others. The day will conclude with an address by the vice presidential nominee.

Speakers will include:

  • Mrs. Cindy McCain
  • Republican Party’s Vice Presidential Nominee
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.)
  • Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)
  • U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)
  • U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas)*
  • U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.)*
  • Mayor Mick Cornett (Okla.)*
  • State Sen. Abel Maldonado (Calif.)*
  • Carly Fiorina, Victory ‘08 Chairman for the Republican National Committee and former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • Meg Whitman, National Co-Chair for McCain 2008 and former President and CEO of eBay
  • Renee Amoore*
  • Anne Beiler*
  • Jessica Colon*
  • Christy Swanson*
  • Raul “Danny” Vargas*

Program participants will include:

  • Sharon Clahchischillage will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
  • The Law Enforcement Memorial Association of Minnesota will serve as the Color Guard
  • Father Edward Reese will lead the convention in prayer
  • Rev. Eva Rodriguez will lead the convention in prayer

Thursday, Sept. 4
Peace

“Our next president will have a mandate to build an enduring global peace on the foundations of freedom, security, opportunity, prosperity, and hope.”
–Sen. John McCain

John McCain understands the challenges that America faces in the world and the sacrifice necessary to defend our freedom in a way that few others can fathom. Thursday’s events will reflect his vision of an America in pursuit of peace and seen as a beacon of goodwill and hope throughout the world. The evening will close with John McCain accepting the Republican Party’s nomination for the Presidency of the United States.

  • John McCain
  • Gov. Charlie Crist (Fla.)
  • Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)
  • U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.)
  • U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)*
  • U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (Fla.)
  • Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist (Tenn.)*
  • U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin (Okla.)*
  • Michael Williams, Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission*
  • David Flaum*
  • Christopher Fussner*
  • Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)*
  • Charlie Smith*

Program participants will include:

  • The 934th Airlift Wing Air Force Reserves Joint Color Guard of Minn.
  • Pastor Dan Yeary will lead the convention in prayer
  • Archbishop Demetrios will lead the convention in prayer

About the Republican National Convention
The 2008 Republican National Convention will be held at Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center from Sept. 1-4, 2008. Approximately 45,000 delegates, alternate delegates, volunteers, members of the media and other guests are expected to attend the convention. Minneapolis-Saint Paul is expected to receive an estimated $150-$160 million positive economic boost from the four-day event. For more information about the 2008 Republican National Convention, please visit our website at www.GOPConvention2008.com and join our social network sites on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

 Very interesting.  Just as the original list brought forth more questions than answers so does this so-called “Full Program list.”  

1.  Does the RNC have any clue as to who McCain’s Veep Choice will be?  It doesn’t look like it.  Nearly all of the possibilities are scheduled at some point during the week (and those who are not are very unlikely choices).  
 


2.  Again the next question is, Where’s Newt Gingrich?  Is he waiting in the wings to fill in for one of the speakers that gets the VP slot?  He would fit quite nicely in the “Reform” theme for Tuesday night.  Or is my first choice for President (late spring of 2007) possibly a surprise VP pick?  I’d sign on that ticket in a heartbeat!  What a shot in the arm that would be!  Picking Newt might have an even more positive impact on the Conservative base than choosing Mike Huckabee (because of the shock factor alone)!

3.  While this question is not brought forth by the schedule it has to deal with a subplot.  The sub plot has a name.  No, it’s not Ron Paul.  His name is Gustav, Hurricane Gustav to be more precise.  the forecast track is taking it into the Gulf as a Major Hurricane.  that will occur just as the Convention is ramping up.  Will Charlie Crist and Bobby Jindal have to go home to serve their respective states of Florida and Louisiana?  What effect will that have on all this?   

DEVELOPING…..

VEEPSTAKES – Obama Taps Joe Biden

The news of Barak Obama’s chosen running mate broke last night/this morning right after the Midnight hour He has tapped longtime Deleware senator, Joe Biden.

This is a very interesting choice. While Biden definitely gives Obama a Veep with foreign policy experience (recently evident with his visit to the front lines of the Russia-Georgia conflict) it does not seem to me to fit with what Obama wants to do. Barack Obama has run a campaign based on political change. It seems almost hypocritical to choose a running mate who is a long term (much longer than McCain) Washington “Politics-as-usual” politician as his running mate. If Obama wanted foreign policy experience and an agent of change he could have chosen New Mexico Governor, Bill Richardson and acomplished that goal.

Very interesting. We’ll see how this works out for hin in the end.

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RNC Releases A List Of Speakers For The Convnetion

The RNC Convnention has released a tentative list of speakers. This is not the final or complete list.

“Country First”: 2008 Republican National Convention to Highlight
Service, Reform, Prosperity and Peace

Convention Announces Program Themes and Speaker Lineup


SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The 2008 Republican National Convention today announced the themes and preliminary lineup of speakers for the program of events that will run Sept. 1-4. The convention’s overall theme, “Country First,” reflects John McCain’s remarkable record of leadership and service to America. Each day of proceedings will center on a touchstone theme that has defined John McCain’s life and will be central to his vision for leading our nation forward as president.

“Our convention will showcase a cross-section of leaders who will highlight John McCain’s long commitment to putting our country first — before self-interest or politics,” said McCain 2008 Communications Director Jill Hazelbaker. “The speakers will address John McCain’s unmatched record of service and sacrifice for America, and his vision for moving our nation forward to keep us safe and get our economy back on track.”

The roster of speakers announced today includes John McCain, Mrs. Cindy McCain, 10 current and former Republican governors, five current and former U.S. Senators and two well-respected businesswomen. Their remarks will echo the themes that have been selected for each of the convention’s four days: service, reform, prosperity and peace.

“We are excited to announce this slate of speakers, each of whom shares John McCain’s love of country and commitment to serving a cause greater than one’s own self-interest. Their remarks will be a testament to Senator McCain’s unparalleled record of service and sacrifice for America and his readiness to lead as commander in chief and move America forward,” said Maria Cino, president and CEO of the 2008 Republican National Convention.

The program of events is as follows:

Monday, Sept. 1
Service

“Love of country, my friends, is another way of saying love of your fellow countryman.”
–Sen. John McCain

John McCain’s commitment to his fellow Americans, a commitment forged in service to his country, is one of the defining hallmarks of his life. Monday’s events will highlight John McCain’s record of service and sacrifice and reflect his commitment to serving a cause greater than one’s own self-interest.
Speakers will include:

  • U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.)
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Calif.)
  • Vice President Richard B. Cheney
  • First Lady Laura Bush
  • President George W. Bush

Tuesday, Sept. 2
Reform

“If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you are disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and correct them.”
–Sen. John McCain

John McCain’s life is a testament to the fundamental truth that every American can be a force for change. A restless reformer who has dedicated his career to taking on special interests and the status quo, John McCain will deliver the right kind of change and reform to meet the great challenges of our time. On Tuesday, the convention program will underscore his vision of a government that is transparent, principled and worthy of the American people it serves.
Speakers will include:

  • Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani
  • Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.)
  • Former Gov. Tom Ridge (Pa.)
  • Gov. Sarah Palin (Alaska)
  • Gov. Jon Huntsman (Utah)
  • Rosario Marin, California Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency and former Treasurer of the United States
  • Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.)
  • Gov. Linda Lingle (Hawaii)
  • Former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (Md.)

Wednesday, Sept. 3
Prosperity

“America’s best days are still to come.”
–Sen. John McCain

The American story is one of perseverance. Even in the face of tough times, the ingenuity and spirit of the American people has ushered in a new era of prosperity. Wednesday’s program will focus on John McCain’s plans to get our economy back on track and continue our long tradition of meeting the challenges we face and using our prosperity to help others. The day will conclude with an address by the vice presidential nominee.
Speakers will include:

  • U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)
  • Meg Whitman, National Co-Chair for McCain 2008 and former President and CEO of eBay
  • Carly Fiorina, Victory ‘08 Chairman for the Republican National Committee and former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)
  • Mrs. Cindy McCain
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.)
  • Republican Party’s Vice Presidential Nominee

Thursday, Sept. 4
Peace

“Our next president will have a mandate to build an enduring global peace on the foundations of freedom, security, opportunity, prosperity, and hope.”
–Sen. John McCain

John McCain understands the challenges that America faces in the world and the sacrifice necessary to defend our freedom in a way that few others can fathom. Thursday’s events will reflect his vision of an America in pursuit of peace and seen as a beacon of goodwill and hope throughout the world. The evening will close with John McCain accepting the Republican Party’s nomination for the Presidency of the United States.
Speakers will include:

  • Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)
  • Gov. Charlie Crist (Fla.)
  • U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.)
  • U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (Fla.)
  • John McCain

In the coming days, the 2008 Republican National Convention will announce additional speakers and program details.

This is very interesting. Pretty much every plausable running mate is listed here. Can we safely assume there will be changes and alterations to this list when the final schedule is released? So far Mike Huckabee is scheduled to speak at Day Two. I guess that is better to not even let him speak at all. It leaves me wanting much more though.