The Chronicle Covers The Conventions

Hofstra’s student newspaper covers the national conventions.

John McCain Formally Nominated For President

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–John McCain was formally nominated for president by the Republican Party. Arizona passed on their vote initially, but their delegates cast the deciding vote after midnight EDT.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 4, 2008 at 12:41 am

‘Hockey Mom’ Sarah Barracuda Slashes Her Detractors

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Sarah Palin walks on stage to deliver her acceptance speech after becoming the first woman to be on a Republican presidential ticket. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Sarah Palin walks on stage to deliver her acceptance speech after becoming the first woman to be on a Republican presidential ticket. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The first woman on a Republican party presidential ticket scored a hat trick in her acceptance speech for the vice presidential nomination.

Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, delivered a stirring speech Wednesday night attacking her Democratic opponents and playing up her small-town biography.

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities,” she said. “I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.”

Palin took the stage immediately following the convention’s keynote address delivered by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, foregoing the traditional tribute video that precedes the night’s major speaker.

She framed her biography as that of an average mom from a small town, and in so doing, attacked Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle. “They [small town voters] love their country, in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America,” referring to a line from a stump speech from Michelle early on in the primary campaign.

Palin also hyped her maverick credentials, displaying her will to rid her state of wasteful spending. “I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for,” she said. “That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay…I told the Congress ‘thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere.”

Her attacks on Obama were both substantive and personal. “But listening to him [Obama] speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or even a reform – not even in the state senate,” Palin said.

The Democrats issued an immediate response: “The speech that Governor Palin gave was well delivered, but it was written by George Bush’s speechwriter and sounds exactly like the same divisive, partisan attacks we’ve heard from George Bush for the last eight years,” Bill Burton, an Obama campaign spokesman said in a statement.

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September 4, 2008 at 12:35 am

Rudy Giuliani Drills, Baby Drills

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ST PAUL, Minn.–Rudy Giuliani slashed into the Democratic ticket Wednesday night during his keynote address.

He rehashed some of the speech from the luncheon earlier in the day, but mixed in some much sharper barbs as well. Referring to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s “present” votes during his time as a state senator, “for the president of the U.S., it’s not good enough to be present.”

“Barack Obama has never led anything, nothing nada,” he said, to cheers of “Zero!”

Giuliani invoked September 11, 2001, saying Obama is unprepared to face threats from terrorists. “They are in a state of denial about the threat that faces us now and in the future.”

After endorsing a mixture of nuclear power and offshore drilling to help ease energy pain, the crowd began chanting, “Drill, Baby Drill,” and Giuliani belly laughed before continuing his speech.

He narrated what he said was Obama’s muddled response to the conflict in South Ossetia between Russia and Georgia, saying he “had some advice for Obama, next time call McCain.”

And he poked some fun at himself, making light of Sarah Palin’s high approval rating in her home state of Alaska: “She’s got an 80% approval rating. You never get that in New York City.”

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 3, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Romney Attacks ‘Liberal’ Washington

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ripped into what he called liberal Washington during his prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention.

“We need change all right – change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington – throw out the big government liberals and elect John McCain,” he said.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 3, 2008 at 9:44 pm

E-mail Investigation: The Alaska Troopergate Scandal Grows

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Washington Post reports on e-mails sent from Sarah Palin’s personal Yahoo account indicating a much higher level of interest in her ex-brother in law’s discipline than she previously indicated.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

Update: The Washington Independent reports that as mayor, Palin cheered when she received $1.2 million in earmarks.

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September 3, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Former Gov. George Pataki’s Back, And He’s ‘Involved’

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New York GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello introducing former Gov. George Pataki before handing him delegate credentials. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

New York GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello introducing former Gov. George Pataki before handing him delegate credentials. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

MINNEAPOLIS–Any spat between New York GOP chair Joseph Mondello and former Gov. George Pataki seems to have been put aside for the sake of party unity, at least temporarily.

Pataki and Mondello have fought for years since Pataki sacked Mondello from his Republican National Committee position to install a loyalist during his final term as governor. Wednesday, however, the two hugged on stage after Mondello introduced him at the New York Delegation’s luncheon, showing no obvious signs of any cold feelings.

Mondello handed Pataki New York delegate credentials “with honor and humility,” and Pataki took the podium by storm, proclaiming, “Let me tell you: I’m back, I’m involved.”

Pataki had spent the last 18 months with a low profile after finishing his third term in the governor’s mansion, but he has spoken to multiple state delegations since the convention opened Monday. On Wednesday, he assailed Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s message of hope and change by saying “It’s change that takes away hope.”

After serving as both a legislator and as governor, Pataki said he learned more in 10 days as governor than he did in 10 years as a legislator, explicitly attacking Obama for what he sees as a lack of experience.

And he said he was “upset” by Obama’s speech to 200,000 supporters in Berlin. “We don’t need a citizen of the world to be president, we need an American hero.”

He answered questions from the news media after his stump speech:

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September 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

McCain Lands In Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS–John McCain arrived in Minneapolis this afternoon and is expected to make a “surprise appearance” on the floor tonight. Barack Obama did the exact same thing during the Democratic convention’s third night.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 3, 2008 at 5:43 pm

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