GOP Opens 'War Room' at Dem Convention

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Although the spotlight will shine brightly on the Democratic National Convention, Republicans are not taking the week off.

They have opened a "war room" and media center less than a mile from the convention hall in Denver in an effort to respond to attacks on Sen. John McCain.

The GOP theme is "Not Ready '08" with the tagline of, "A Mile High, an Inch Deep."

They have created a Web site including videos and ads, along with plans for rapid responses to attacks on McCain and speeches from the Democrats.

Top Republicans such as Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani are going to be available for press conferences and satellite interviews to television stations across the country, particularly in swing states such as Michigan and Ohio.

Romney and Giuliani are just two of the prominent Republicans planning news conferences before and after the Democrat's sessions each day.

Other GOP surrogates for McCain include Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia and Carly Fiorina, former top executive at Hewlett-Packard Co. and a McCain campaign adviser.

Source: The Associated Press

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