- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 2, 2008

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Republican National Convention here is back on track.

GOP officials said that the worst of Hurricane Gustav was not so bad after all and that they now have the leeway to try to squeeze in as much of the convention they truncated yesterday in deference to the storm during the next three days.

The afternoon-only session of Monday will morph into business as usual today, with a packed prime time schedule tonight.

President Bush will speak by satellite from the White House. Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) will deliver a speech entitled “The Courage and Service of John McCain.” And Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will give a speech called “The Original Maverick,” also about McCain, the presumptive nominee.

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Other highlights, the Republicans said, will be segments that detail the McCain’s adoption of a daughter from the orphanage of Mother Theresa and an address by a fellow cellmate of McCain’s at a POW camp during the Vietnam War.

Organizers of the convention are negotiating with TV network executives to try to expand the amount of time devoted to the convention this week because they gave up their prime time slot on Monday.

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