Florida republican defends Palin

09/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
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The Republican National Convention is back to regular programming tonight after yesterday’s opening night was significantly scaled back in the wake of Hurricane Gustov.

Tonight, President Bush will speak to the delegates via a satellite hookup. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson will give a speech entitled "The Courage and Service of John McCain." The evening's featured speaker is Sen. Joe Lieberman, whose speech is titled "The Original Maverick."

Rudy Giuliani is getting bumped from his speaking slot tonight to make room for the others. But all eyes and ears are focused on tomorrow night, when little known Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin will address the delegates and the country.

In the wake of Palin acknowledging yesterday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, questions continue to surface on just how well was she vetted by the McCain campaign. According to the Los Angeles Times, one Republican strategist with close ties to the campaign described the candidate's closest supporters as "keeping their fingers crossed" in hopes that additional information does not force McCain to revisit the decision.

According a Republican who would discuss internal campaign strategizing only on condition of anonymity, the McCain team used little more than a Google Internet search as part of a rushed effort to review Palin's potential pitfalls. This same Republican said that just over a week ago, Palin was not on McCain's short list of potential running mates.

Florida Republican Adam Hasner represents Florida’s House District 87, which encompasses a southeast corner of Palm Beach County. He’s in St. Paul at the convention. WMNF spoke with him and asked whether delegates are still enthusiastic about Sarah Palin.

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