Senator Joe Lieberman addressed the Republican National Convention in St. Paul last night, heralding presidential candidate John McCain's record. The former vice presidential candidate in the 2000 election discussed his political affiliations, "What, after all, is a Democrat like me doing at a Republican convention like this? I’m here to support John McCain because country matters more than party... 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." (Video below)
President Bush made remarks to the RNC as well, but via satellite from the White House, first addressing (like others who spoke) Hurricane Gustav. He emphasized the war on terror, “We live in a dangerous world. And we need a president who understands the lessons of Sept. 11, 2001: that to protect America, we must stay on the offense, stop attacks before they happen, and not wait to be hit again. The man we need is John McCain.” He also said if the Hanoi Hilton couldn't break McCain, neither could the "angry left." (Video after the jump.)
Former senator Fred Thompson spoke in what was originally Rudy Giuliani's speaking slot. Thompson defended vice presidential pick Sarah Palin, "She is from a small town, with small town values, but that's not good enough for those folks who are attacking her and her family. Some Washington pundits and media big shots are in a frenzy over the selection of a woman who has actually governed rather than just talked a good game on the Sunday talk shows and hit the Washington cocktail circuit. Well, give me a tough Alaskan governor who has taken on the political establishment in the largest state in the Union - and won - over the Beltway business-as-usual crowd any day of the week.”
It's unclear what the tonight's speaking schedule will be; it's possibly Giuliani will have his turn. What is clear is that McCain canceled an interview with Larry King in protest of Campbell Brown's questioning of a McCain spokesperson (Brown was asking questions about Palin's foreign policy experience; video below).
CNN's Campbell Brown talking to Tucker Bounds about Palin's foreign policy experience: