Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger Watch: No Republican National Convention for Arnold

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Senator John McCain and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at Santa Barbara event, June 24, 2008. Photo By Flap

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be attending the Republican National Convention this week.

The Press Release:

Sacramento, CA – Governor Schwarzenegger today made the following statement regarding his attendance at the Republican National Convention:

“I am honored that Senator McCain invited me to speak at the Republican National Convention. He is an American hero, a great leader, and the right candidate to be our next president.

“However, California is always my number one priority, and there is no greater priority for our state right now than putting a responsible budget in place that fixes our broken system. Therefore — as I have said — I will not be attending the National Convention in order to focus on working toward a state budget agreement. It is totally unacceptable that 62 days past its deadline, the Legislature has not sent me a budget that I can sign. Just as they must do in our nation’s capital, Republicans and Democrats must compromise and do the work of the people.”

Arnold could fly in and out of Minneapolis quickly without a problem in his private jet but the REAL REASON Arnold is not attending is that because of Hurricane Gustav he won’t be delivering a prime time speech anyway.

So, why bother?

Arnold is such a good Republican.

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Barack Obama

John McCain Watch: Obama 49% McCain 48% in First Poll After Sarah Palin Announcement

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, left, smiles as his Vice Presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, pumps her fist as she is introduced to supporters at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio, Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. McCain introduced Palin as his running mate at the event

CNN is out with the first poll since both tickets were finalized on Friday.

Obama 49, McCain 48

Gov. Palin’s approval: 38%, with 21% unfavorable and 41% never heard of her or have no opinion.

Conducted Aug. 29-31, much of it over a weekend, when pollsters usually do not take surveys. Error margin: 3 points.

Looks like any Obama-Biden bounce is very short-lived. But, it is a holiday weekend and who is home?

Stay tuned…..

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John McCain Watch: Hurricane Gustav and the Republican National Convention

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Rick Davis, campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is seen on a television monitor on the convention floor giving a live briefing on the changes to the schedule for the Republican National Convention due to Hurricane Gustav as preparations are underway for the RNC in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. The right side of the screen shows the path of Hurricane Gustav

Information for the California delegation to the GOP National Convention is here.

At the recommendation of Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican National Convention announced substantial changes to the convention’s program and actions being taken to help with Hurricane Gustav relief efforts. On Monday, all program activities beyond the official business that must be conducted in accordance with party rules will be cancelled. Among the other actions announced today are the formation of the Affected States Working Group, the establishment of an Affected States Information Center, and the chartering of a DC-9 to transport affected delegates.

Rick Davis, campaign manager for McCain 2008, announced that the upcoming Republican National Nominating Convention is making serious revisions to the convention program and surrounding activities. Davis said, “We are deeply concerned about the safety and welfare of the residents of the Gulf State region. Our top priority is to assist those who will be affected by Hurricane Gustav. This is not a time for politics or celebration; it is a time for us to come together as Americans and assist the residents of the Gulf States.”

Davis also discussed what the changes in the program will mean for the nomination process. “In order for the Republican Party to officially exist and for Senator McCain to qualify for the ballot, we are – by law – required to conduct specific official business. At this point, our program on Monday has been scaled back and will only include what party rules governing the nomination of our candidates for president and vice president require. We will perform the official business as required. In addition, we have set aside time to make delegates and Americans watching our proceedings at home aware of what they can do to assist in relief efforts designed to help those who will be affected by Hurricane Gustav.”

Davis concluded: “At some point between Monday and Thursday evening, we will convene once again to complete the activities needed to qualify Senator McCain and Governor Palin for the ballot in all 50 states. Beyond that, all we can say is that we will monitor what is happening and make decisions about other convention business as details become available.”
Chairman of the Republican National Committee Robert M. “Mike” Duncan added, “The safety and well-being of the people of the Gulf States remains our top concern. We are doing everything we can on the ground in Minneapolis-Saint Paul to ensure that the delegations affected by this storm have the resources and information that they need. As Senator McCain said this morning, we must redirect our attention and efforts. We will act as Americans – not Republicans – to help our fellow citizens in need.”

This morning, at the request of Governor Barbour (R-Miss.), Sen. McCain attended a briefing with the governor about the state’s storm preparation efforts. The briefing was held at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency offices in Pearl, Miss. Following the briefing, Sen. McCain, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and Mrs. Cindy McCain toured the emergency management center.
The convention is in continuous communication with all delegates, speakers, and program participants. All parties understand that the schedule for the convention will be dictated by the conditions on the ground in the Gulf States and are, therefore, subject to change. The campaign and the convention’s first priority is the safety and security of those living in the areas where the hurricane will make landfall.

The McCain campaign has also taken several additional steps to assist delegates from the Gulf States, including the formation of an Affected States Working Group, the chartering of a DC-9 to transport affected delegates, and the establishment of an Affected States Information Center.

Stay tuned as Hurricane Gustav dicates the direction of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Barack Obama

Day By Day by Chris Muir August 31, 2008 – “Obamopolis”

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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s selection as John McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate has been a set back for Barack Obama’s message of “CHANGE.” Sarah Palin may be the generational and gender change that American voters favor. Joe Biden ceratinly reinforces Obama’s PLUS CA CHANGE.


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