Republican convention back on schedule tonight

With President Bush, the first lady, Senator Sanctimony and actor-politician-actor-politician Fred Thompson on tap.

Published September 2, 2008 3:46PM (EDT)

The National Journal reports that the Republican National Convention is back on schedule:

With the New Orleans levees having apparently survived yesterday's storm surge from Hurricane Gustav, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis announced this morning that the Republican National Convention will resume today with a full schedule.

The Tuesday evening schedule will include a presentation by President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, which is expected to be a live broadcast from Washington. Featured speakers for the Tuesday session will include Sen. Joe Lieberman, I/D-Conn., and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson.

Before Monday's events were canceled, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani had been scheduled to give the convention's keynote address on Tuesday night.

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By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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