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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 109

President Bush Calls McCain Obvious Choice as Next Commander-in-Chief

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Los Angeles, 03 September, ( Delegates listened to President George Bush via remote satellite from White House on day two of the Republican convention. He said that John McCain's understanding of the lessons of September 11th terror attacks and his support for the Iraq War make him prepared to be the nation's next commander-in- chief. He added that United States must stay on the offense and stop terrorist attacks before they happen. He believed that McCain has the "courage and vision" the country needs. The convention was putting the focus on Senator McCain after giving up the spotlight to the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Gustav on its opening day. Bush canceled a planned appearance at the convention on Monday to oversee the federal hurricane response.First lady Laura Bush applauds as she walks off the stage after introducing President Bush during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. First lady Laura Bush applauds as she walks off the stage after introducing President Bush during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008.

This was a sort of farewell address by George and Laura Bush. First Lady Laura Bush introduced President Bush as former president George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara and Cindy McCain, wife of John McCain watched. Other speakers at the convention included GOP presidential candidate Senator Fred Thompson, and Senator Joe Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-independent.

Campaign advisers Tuesday also addressed questions about the background check on McCain's vice presidential pick, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The advisers said they were fully aware of several issues that have prompted a flurry of media scrutiny.

There was intense media attention to the announcement by Palin and her husband that their 17 year old daughter was pregnant. Palin, a social conservative and opponent of abortion, issued a statement saying she is proud of her daughter, who will marry the father of the baby.

It was also revealed that Palin was hiring an attorney to defend herself in a legislative probe into alleged official misconduct. A former Alaska public safety commissioner has alleged that he was dismissed by Palin after he refused to fire a state policeman who had divorced and allegedly threatened her sister.

According to Rick Davis Campaign Manager of McCain, convention speakers addressed the senator's biography and character, focusing on his history of service and sacrifice to the nation, and his reputation as a political maverick. Davis said one segment featured a testimonial of McCain's years spent as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Orson Swindell, one of John McCain's mates in a POW camp during the Vietnam War recognized McCain’s heroism. He said that there were several people in the audience who had been with McCain who also sustained great valor under difficult circumstances.

The convention concludes Thursday, when McCain is expected to give his speech accepting the Republican Party's presidential nomination. On Wednesday, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, McCain's choice for the vice presidential slot, is tentatively scheduled to speak. She was relatively unknown before McCain announced just last week that he had chosen her as his running mate. Delegates to the convention seemed unfazed by all the media talk about Sarah Palin and the change in program on Monday, and embraced the Republican Party's call to focus their attention on helping to secure aid for those affected by the hurricane. The McCain campaign reports a spike in fundraising in recent days, suggesting enthusiasm for the convention and the choice of Palin as his running mate.

A decision has been made to return to normal schedules at the Republican National Convention in St Paul, Minnesota, after Hurricane Gustav proved less damaging than previous hurricanes in the New Orleans area. A documentary about John McCain’s life serving his country was shown.

- Asian Tribune -

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