Posted at 12:14 AM on September 3, 2008
by Tom Scheck
The Washington Post says the two finalists to be McCain's running mate were Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin:
One of the officials said Culvahouse was chasing down last-minute information about Pawlenty at the request of the campaign as late as last Thursday, the day McCain offered the job to Palin and she accepted.
Posted at 6:59 AM on September 3, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin leads the Digest this morning.
Politico says there is a one in three chance that John McCain won't live until he's 80 (the end of his second term). That's why the examination of Sarah Palin is important.
Palin gives the most important speech of her life tonight and it won't matter what the delegates say inside the Xcel Energy Center. What matters is what people (the general public) outside the hall think about her. She took an early morning tour of the convention stage.
In a bombshell, the Washington Post reports that Palin "was not subjected to a lengthy in-person background interview with the head of Sen. John McCain's vice presidential vetting team until last Wednesday in Arizona..." The paper also reports that the pick was between Palin and Pawlenty.
The GOP is tightening Palin's image as she prepares for her speech.
McCain says Palin was thoroughly vetted.
Newsweek says Bush aides will tutor Palin.
Barack Obama's campaign called McCain's choice of Palin as a "transparent moment."
Did Palin attend an Alaska Independence Party's 1994 convention where they discussed secession? The party chair says Palin was not a member.
Newsweek also picks up on comments Palin made about playing the gender card regarding Hillary Clinton.
She'll also have to face questions later this month on troopergate.
The Wall Street Journal says Palin is a big gamble for religious conservatives.
Palin also slashed funding for teen moms as governor.
WCCO Reality Checks where Palin stood on earmarks.
Pawlenty for VP Watch
It's back since some are wondering whether she'll drop or be dropped from the ticket.
The Star Tribune says Pawlenty is the party man with big plans.
John McCain arrives in Minnesota today. He was scheduled to hold a rally in Peavey Plaza but that has been scrapped. He'll speak in the round tomorrow night when he accepts the nomination.
Republicans say the distractions won't hurt the party.
Republicans hope to sway the Upper Midwest.
McCain's campaign manager says the election "is not about issues."
GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann give speeches to the convention.
Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman also addressed the convention.
Obama will appear on Fox tonight.
Obama hits 50% in the Gallup Poll.
Ron Paul rallies his faithful.
Thousands attended the event.
Some St. Paul business owners feel they aren't getting a fair shake.
Minnesota's delegation had its bus tires slashed.
2008 Race for Senate
The Washington Post says GOP Sen. Norm Coleman is bringing in oodles of cash during the convention. He's getting some help from Jeff Larson.
The DSCC starts running ad in which they dub Coleman the "running man."
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says he spent his first year working on the U.S. image abroad.
Stateline says the Republican Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association raise money at the conventions for 2010.
Posted at 10:30 AM on September 3, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Gov. Pawlenty, former Mass. Gov Mitt Romney, former PA Gov. Tom Ridge, former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman and Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra defend Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's credentials to Minnesota's delegation. It appears to be an effort to push back on the press attention on her background and daughter.
Palin is scheduled to speak tonight.
Posted at 12:34 PM on September 3, 2008
by Tom Scheck
He said so to reporters earlier this morning:
"I think you could say that I was fully considered and had a lot of discussions with the McCain folks about that possibility."
Pawlenty said McCain informed him on Friday morning that he was picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin instead.
Last night, Sen. Norm Coleman addressed the Republican National Convention, welcoming the delegates to St. Paul.
Update:He'll also be addressing the convention tonight shortly before 6:30.
He's also been using the RNC as an opportunity to do some serious fundraising, as the Washington Post reports.
But at the same time, a new Survey USA poll shows that Coleman's approval ratings are slipping. The survey shows that 44 percent of Minnesotans approve of Coleman, while 51 percent disapprove. This is the highest the disapproval number has been since Survey USA first started tracking Coleman's approval ratings in May 2005.
A new poll conducted by CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corp. shows Obama with a twelve-point lead in Minnesota.
The poll, conducted Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, shows Obama with a twelve point lead over McCain, 53 percent to 41 percent. This compares with the ten point lead that Obama had in last month's MPR News/University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll.
The CNN/Time poll also shows Obama with a significant lead in Iowa. 55 percent of those polled said they are supporting Obama while 40 percent are supporting McCain. Notably, Obama is even leading in Iowa's western counties, which George W. Bush easily won in 2004.
Posted at 5:40 PM on September 3, 2008
by Molly Bloom
Filed under: Campaign 2008
Today, MPR reporter Curtis Gilbert attended a symposium hosted by Growth and Justice, a liberal economic think tank.
The event was billed as "Minnesota's Progressive Republican Tradition: A History of Investing for Real Prosperity" and featured speeches by three moderate Minnesota Republicans: Gov. Al Quie, Gov. Arne Carlson and Rep. Jim Ramstad.
Curtis is working on a story about the event (I'll post the audio when it's available), but for now, here is the full audio of the speeches.
Quie, who was governor from 1979-1983, spoke on love in politics and the need to work together despite differences:
Carlson, governor from 1991-1999, expressed his concern about foreign policy, the growing deficit and the erosion of newspapers:
Nine-term Congressman Ramstad, talked about the need for moderate Republicans to work in a bipartisan way in order to practice common sense politics:
As I wrote yesterday, the non-incumbent Republicans running for U.S. Congress addressed the Minnesota delegation at their Tuesday breakfast.
Now you can feel like you were there. Here are the speeches from the candidates in the two most competitive races:
Brian Davis (running in the 1st Congressional Distrcict)
and Erik Paulsen (running in the 3rd Congressional District)
Sen. Norm Coleman addresses the Republican National Convention again. This time he welcomes "hockey mom" Sarah Palin to the "state of hockey" and talks about how Republicans will help working families.
Posted at 10:03 PM on September 3, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (the VP nominee) throw some red meat to a hungry GOP crowd.
Question of the Day: What did you think of Palin's speech?
Posted at 11:03 PM on September 3, 2008
by Tom Scheck
...aren't really home made. McCain staffers have been handing them out to the crowd on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
No word on whether the signs are an attempt to make the enthusiasm look more authentic even though the excitement at both party conventions is manufactured.