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Published:September 2nd, 2008 09:53 EST

Republicans Ready to Roll

By SOP newswire

The U.S. Republican Party is getting its national convention back on schedule Tuesday after Hurricane Gustav prompted a scaled-back opening day.

News agencies report President Bush will likely address the delegates in St. Paul, Minnesota, Tuesday, speaking by satellite from the White House. He cancelled a planned appearance at the convention Monday to oversee the federal hurricane response.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani, who sought the Republican presidential nomination this year, is set to deliver the keynote address.

John McCain, who will accept the nomination later this week, spent Monday in the midwestern state of Ohio, focused on the storm along the Gulf Coast.

McCain`s wife, Cindy, joined first lady Laura Bush in addressing delegates at Monday`s abbreviated session, urging them to put aside partisanship and contribute to relief efforts.

Monday`s proceedings were also overshadowed by revelations about McCain`s running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. McCain`s campaign announced that Palin`s 17-year-old unmarried daughter was expecting a baby.

Democratic Party presidential nominee Barack Obama said during a political event in Michigan that he believes "people`s families are off limits, and people`s children are especially off limits."

It was also revealed that Palin was hiring an attorney to defend herself in a legislative probe into possible official misconduct. A former Alaska public safety commissioner says he was dismissed by Palin after he refused to fire a state policeman who had divorced and allegedly threatened her sister.

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