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Law & Order's Fred Thompson Defends Sarah Palin

Law & Order's Fred Thompson Defends Sarah Palin

Originally posted 09/03/2008 09:15AM

Former Sen. Fred Thompson came to the defense of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Tuesday night.

In his folksy, prime-time address to the Republican National Committee, Thompson, the actor-turned-senator-turned-actor said Palin, GOP presidential candidate John McCain's choice for vice president, could surely stand up to "Washington pundits and media big shots" attacking her and her family after her disclosure that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

Of Palin, Thompson said: "She has run a municipality and she has run a state. And I can say without fear of contradiction that she is the only nominee in the history of either party who knows how to properly field dress a moose ... with the possible exception of Teddy Roosevelt."

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Laura Bush Delivers Feisty GOP 'Straight Talk' | Laura Bush

Laura Bush Delivers Feisty GOP 'Straight Talk'

Originally posted 09/02/2008 11:30PM

Forget those public approval ratings. To Laura, husband George Bush is still “the man I love."

The First Lady made her do-over address to the Republican National Convention Tuesday, after her Monday address was canceled in deference to the threat of Hurricane Gustav to Gulf Coast residents. Sounding feisty, Mrs. Bush borrowed Republican John McCain’s “Straight Talk” motto – and targeted Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign theme of change – as she defended her husband’s eight-year record in the White House.

“America is in the middle of a heated campaign,” she said, “… but you haven’t heard very many facts.”

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John Rich Sings Political Anthem for John McCain

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John Rich Sings Political Anthem for John McCain

Originally posted 09/02/2008 07:30PM

John Rich is proud of his role as one of the most visible and well-known entertainers at the Republican National Convention this week.

"I'm a young conservative guy and there aren't many of us around," Rich, half of the duo Big & Rich, said before performing his political anthem, "Raisin' McCain," at a benefit for Red Cross Hurricane Relief on Monday night.

Rich, 34, has been campaigning with John McCain and plans to continue through the November election. "I'm very deliberately trying to be out there with my ideas and my music," Rich says. "I respect McCain for his heroism over the years. He stands for the things I value and there aren't many young conservatives like me who make it into the media, so I'm trying to do my part."

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Bristol Palin's Boyfriend Going to GOP Convention

Bristol Palin's Boyfriend Going to GOP Convention

Originally posted 09/02/2008 07:00PM

Levi Johnston, the boyfriend of Sarah Palin's 17-year-old pregnant daughter Bristol, is going to join the Palin family at the Republican National Convention, according to his mother.

Sherry Johnston told reporters that Levi left Alaska on Tuesday to fly to St. Paul, Minn., according to the Associated Press.

GOP vice presidential candidate Palin announced Monday that her daughter is five months pregnant and plans to marry the baby's 18-year-old father.

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Laura Bush and Cindy McCain Raise Money for Gustav Victims | Laura Bush

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Laura Bush and Cindy McCain Raise Money for Gustav Victims

Originally posted 09/02/2008 06:55AM

So much for the party.

"George and I were planning to come to enjoy this convention, to have a really good time," First Lady Laura Bush told disappointed delegates Monday as Hurricane Gustav rained on plans for a festive opening to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Instead, she and Cindy McCain headlined an abbreviated, business-only afternoon session of the convention, using the opportunity to plug charities helping Gulf Coast victims of the hurricane.

"Our first priority for today and in the coming days is to ensure the safety and well-being of those living in the Gulf Coast region," said Bush.

"This is a time when we take off our Republican hats and put on our American hats," added McCain.

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