Away from the convention floor and TV cameras, politicians are using the national conventions as a backdrop to raise money and rub elbows with big donors, including Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, who faces a tough re-election challenge this year.
Sen. John McCain joins Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin onstage at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Police use tear gas to disperse the crowd remaining after Rage Against the Machine concert in Minneapolis.
Claiming her historic spot on the
Republican ticket, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin mocked
Barack Obama's experience and promise of change Wednesday night and
pledged to help John McCain upend the Washington establishment.
Anticipation is growing for vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's speech at the RNC tonight. Minnesota delegates have been talking about what the Alaska governor needs to accomplish tonight to appeal to a wider national audience.
Police say the RNC Welcoming Committee, a group of self-described anarchists, plotted to burn vehicles, spear police with poles, and even discussed kidnapping delegates. An attorney for the defendants says charging the activists with terrorism is "an abuse of the criminal justice system."
It was supposed to be President Bush's glory
moment in his party's spotlight. Instead, Bush's brief appearance Tuesday at the Republican
National Convention in Minnesota was essentially a footnote.