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Published:September 3rd, 2008 07:19 EST
Republicans (and one Democrat) Make the Case for McCain

Republicans (and one Democrat) Make the Case for McCain

By SOP newswire

President George Bush has addressed the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, saying that the party`s presidential candidate John McCain is ready to be the nation`s next commander-in-chief.

Senator John McCainSpeaking Tuesday via satellite from the White House, the president said the United States must stay on offense and stop terrorist attacks before they happen.  He called McCain a "great American" who has the "courage and vision" the country needs.  He applauded McCain for supporting the surge of American troops in Iraq.

Senator Joe Lieberman, now an Independent who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in the 2000 presidential race, spoke to delegates in support of McCain, saying that, "country matters more than party."  Lieberman criticized Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, saying he has not reached out across party lines to accomplish anything significant during his three-and-a-half years in the Senate.

Earlier, former Republican presidential candidate and ex-Senator Fred Thompson paid tribute to McCain`s long political and military service, telling delegates that McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, has the courage the country needs.  He also slammed Obama, calling him the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for president.

Tuesday was day two of the convention and focused on McCain`s service to the country. Monday`s abbreviated session spotlighted Hurricane Gustav and efforts to help affected residents in the Gulf Coast.  

President Bush canceled his planned in-person appearance at the convention Monday to oversee the federal hurricane response.

Delegates cheered Tuesday as President Bush`s father, former President George H.W. Bush, and former first lady Barbara Bush entered the arena for the night`s session, which also featured a video tribute to the elder Bush and the late Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.

First lady Laura Bush told the forum that Republicans have an exciting ticket, and that she is proud that the first female vice president will be a Republican.  She said women have always played an important part in the Republican Party.

McCain announced last week he had picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

On the convention floor, delegates could be seen cheering and holding signs that read "Country First", "Service" and "We Love McCain."  McCain is to accept the party nomination Thursday.