Bush to Address RNC Via Satellite Tonight

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Republican Party officials wasted no time in getting their national convention being held in St. Paul, Minn. back on track. After a short delay due to Hurricane Gustav, officials have confirmed President Bush will speak to the delegates Tuesday night via satellite from The White House.

First Lady Laura Bush will also participate at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

White House spokesman Dana Perino told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Bush will speak for only about seven or eight minutes. He will talk about hurricane relief efforts as well as praising the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee John McCain.

The theme for Tuesday night's event is "Putting Others First."

Also scheduled to speak in prime time are former Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman and former senator and now actor Fred Thompson of Tennessee.

Thompson ran a short campaign against McCain for the Republican nomination. He is known by most voters for his portrayal of New York City's gruff district attorney on NBC's "Law & Order."

Lieberman of Connecticut, was the Democrats' vice presidential candidate in 2000. He is now an independent and a McCain supporter. Republicans say the two men will talk about McCain's life and their friendship with him.

"I'm not going to spend any time tonight attacking Sen. Obama," Lieberman told CNN, but he added that he would explain "why I am an independent Democrat voting for Sen. McCain."

Last-minute changes came fast and furious as party officials tried to put together a new schedule for the three remaining days of their convention.

Rick Davis, campaign manager for McCain, said the decision to resume a regular schedule of events was made about 5 a.m. after convention organizers were reassured by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials that the situation in the Gulf Coast "wasn't going to get worse, but get better."

The GOP hopes to put the spotlight on McCain and introduce Americans to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in a big way. Although she has served as Alaska's chief executive for almost two years, she is little-known outside The Last Frontier state.

Republicans are hoping the Alaska state motto "North to the Future" will hold true as they go in to the general election.

Sources: The Associated Press, Star Tribune, CNN

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