Palin gets her chance to shine tonight
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09/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Tonight the Republican National Convention continues in St. Paul, and the focus of attention will be on Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin. She will give her speech accepting the Vice Presidential nomination at 10:30 p.m.

According to McCain chief strategist Steve Schmidt, Palin will talk about her reform and change message about energy and its links to national security, as well as communicating to the American people who she is.

The Washington Post reports that the original speech that was prepared in advance did not anticipate a female running mate and was "very masculine," but is now being redone from scratch. The Post reports that there is still debate on whether to make reference to Palin’s 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy.

As Palin’s selection continues to draw concern in some circles, to the GOP faithful it’s been nothing but positive. Last Friday, the day that Palin made her debut as John McCain’s running mate, the campaign raised $7 million, the largest daily haul this year. And in rallies in Ohio and Pensylvania, McCain and Palin drew larger and more enthusiastic crowds than McCain usually draws alone.

One Democrat who expects Palin’s speech to be successful tonight is Barack Obama’s Communications Director Robert Gibbs.

Also speaking tonight at the Convention will be former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani.

Last night, the final speaker of the evening was Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, who broke his promise to reporters that his speech would be devoid of any criticisms of Barack Obama.

Lieberman, who spoke at the Democratic Convention in 2000 as the vice presidential nominee, endorsed John McCain last December, and was rumored to be on the shortlist as McCain’s running mate this year.

In his speech last night, Lieberman said both candidates had talked about working across the aisle with the other party, but in reality only McCain has done so.

That comment infuriated Obama Communications Manager Robert Gibbs.

Also the McCain campaign launched a new television ad comparing Sarah Palin’s executive experience with that of Barack Obama’s four years as a U.S. senator.

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