September 3, 2008 |
Forced by Hurricane Gustav to pare down the first day of their national convention and rattled by breaking news about John McCain's running mate, Republicans took advantage of Gustav's passing to regroup. As news anchors hustled back to St. Paul, Minn., organizers essentially turned Day Two of the convention into Day One. First Lady Laura Bush introduced her husband's speech via satellite, and former Sen. Fred Thompson replaced Rudolph W. Giuliani as keynote speaker. Then Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who spent much of his career as a Democrat, endorsed McCain.