Monday, September 1, 2008

RNC Chairman, Co-Chair Announce Changes to National Convention, Hurricane Response

1 Sep 2008 01:43 Africa/Lagos

RNC Chairman, Co-Chair Announce Changes to National Convention, Hurricane Response

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Robert M. "Mike" Duncan and RNC Co-Chairman/Committee on Arrangements Chairman Jo Ann Davidson announced changes to the 2008 Republican National Convention schedule and activities due to Hurricane Gustav.

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Tomorrow, all activities except for the official required business of the convention will be cancelled. The Committee will convene at 2:30 p.m. CDT to conduct this business as required by the Rules of the Republican Party, which state that the convention must proceed in order to ensure that the Party is able to place John McCain and Sarah Palin's names on the ballot in November. On November 9, 2007, the RNC issued the 2008 Call for the Convention. The Call for the Convention requires the 2008 Republican National Convention to meet on Sept. 1, 2008 in order to select the Party's President and Vice President.

"The safety and well-being of the people of the Gulf States remains our top concern. We are doing everything we can on the ground in Minneapolis- Saint Paul to ensure that the delegations affected by this storm have the resources and information that they need. As Senator McCain said this morning, we must redirect our attention and efforts. Our first priority is to help our fellow citizens in need," Duncan said.

Additional information will be provided as events develop.

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NEWSWEEK Cover: Special Republican Convention Issue

The September 8, 2008 Special Republican Convention Issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, September 1), opens with Editor Jon Meacham's essay and interview with John McCain on his relationship with his parents and their influence. Plus: a profile of Gov. Palin and what she brings to this historic race; Ellis Cose on why the national conventions are showcases for dreams; the return of a cash-and-carry economy, and what's needed to fix Medicare. Lastly: a review of the book "American Wife.". (PRNewsFoto/NEWSWEEK) NEW YORK, NY UNITED STATES 08/31/2008

31 Aug 2008 17:09 Africa/Lagos

NEWSWEEK Cover: Special Republican Convention Issue

John McCain More Complex Than Admirers Or Opponents Realize

McCain On His Father: 'I Not Only Idolized Him But I Also Understood That He Had Flaws Like All Of Us'

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In the September 8 Special Republican Convention Issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, September 1), Newsweek takes an in-depth look at the legacy of John McCain's father and of his vivacious, politically astute mother and how they influenced his life. In an interview with Editor Jon Meacham, McCain says that although his father, a naval officer, was gone a great deal, his mother reminded him and his siblings of him and of his example. "My mom, who really idolized my dad, had the effect on us of kind of idolizing him."

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Although he is known as a maverick and has an infamous temper, Meacham argues that there is a lot more to McCain than many realize. "It is easy to mistake McCain a rich septuagenarian with houses beyond number, who does not use e-mail or what President Bush once called 'the Internets,' and who hums 'Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran' to the tune of a Beach Boys cover of a song written the year Barack Obama was born ... But John McCain is an eager, cold-eyed politician who has sought the White House for a decade, compromised and reversed himself and believes he is an actor in a grand, unfolding saga. He is also more comfortable with shades of gray than he appears -- a sense of nuance rooted, it seems, in an early life in which he at once revered his father and felt sorry for him."

Despite the admiration for his father, McCain became aware of his father's shortcomings early on. "I became aware, I think when I was either in my very earliest teens or even before that, that my father had a struggle with alcohol. And I watched him fight and fight this sickness ... So I not only idolized him but I also understood that he had flaws like all of us, and probably his greatest was his struggle against alcoholism, which made him a very religious man. He prayed every night on his knees; he was very religious, because he saw hell combating [alcoholism, a struggle that] he knew he could not successfully win by himself." When asked if he ever worried about inheriting his father's vices, McCain says he never did. "I just didn't have the inclination. I could tell early on. I of course went to happy hour. I of course had drinks with my squadron mates, et cetera. But I never felt any particular appetite for alcohol ... I'm sure the example of my father may have had some kind of effect."

McCain's political and personal adaptability can be traced to how he viewed his father, but it is also rooted in his experience as the subject of scandal two decades ago. McCain and four other senators faced allegations that they had improperly lobbied for Charles Keating, the Arizona developer at the center of a savings and loan disaster. McCain was cleared, but believed his honor was under attack. "I never saw anybody work as hard as John McCain did to try and restore his reputation," says Bruce Merrill, an Arizona State professor. "John has always understood the media. He would drive an hour to Kingman, Arizona, for 10 minutes of radio time [to clear his name]. He was working so hard to overcome this." And in the long run, he did.

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Contributing Editor Ellis Cose writes that the Republican National Convention this week will be a showcase for dreams-and arguments about how to make them real. "The Republicans will do their best to match the Democrats' soaring rhetoric," Cose writes. This contest he adds, "is more about who is the best dream merchant. Make no mistake: both candidates, and both parties, have dreams to sell. Or, more accurately, they have different versions of the same dream -- the American Dream. In the end, the election is likely to go to the candidate who best argues his dream is the more authentic -- and his approach the most American."

Senior Writer and Political Correspondent Jonathan Darman writes that McCain "has finally assumed the leadership of the conservative movement by disavowing the same rebellious tradition he once cherished. To date, in his challenge to Barack Obama, he has run an entirely conventional conservative Republican campaign. But while the attacks may prove effective ... they hardly feel subversive, dramatic or new," Darman writes. "Even the choice of Sarah Palin, a reliable social conservative and tax-cutter," suggests John McCain "is less interested in being dramatic for the sake of principle than he is in being dramatic for drama's sake."

Editor-At-Large Evan Thomas and San Francisco Bureau Chief Karen Breslau profile Alaska Governor and newly selected running mate for John McCain, Sarah Palin. Although the choice of Palin was a shocker to some conservative pundits, choosing her is historic, although it undercuts McCain's attack on Obama as a greenhorn lacking in experience, especially abroad. Palin is going to have to essentially take a crash course in foreign affairs before the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate against Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Senior Editor Jonathan Alter writes that McCain's selection of Gov. Palin as his running mate may prove to be irresponsible. He has "selected a potential leader of the free world who knows little or nothing about the major issues of the day beyond energy," Alter writes. He adds that although her acceptance speech suggests she could be a natural on the national stage, "politics, like all professions, isn't as easy as it looks. Palin's odds of emerging unscathed are slim. In fact, she's been all but set up for failure." Although it's "possible that Palin is so talented that she will prove to be the face of the GOP's future. More likely, this 'Hail Sarah' pass won't do much to help John McCain get into the end zone. He'll win or lose for other reasons," he writes.

GOP analyst and Contributor Karl Rove examines the 14 battleground states that will likely choose the next president. Rove also explains what each candidate will need to do to win.

Guest writer Michael Gerson writes that instead of a philosophy, "McCain has a code, combining a religious concern for the weak and the oppressed with a military conception of national honor-an almost Roman belief in personal integrity and sacrifice for country." He has often shown "a stubborn sense of decency and morality that should appeal broadly to Protestants, Roman Catholics, Jews and others who are concerned about social justice."

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