John McCain and Republicans in general face the tricky problem of disentangling themselves from President Bush without appearing to disavow totally their leader of the last eight years.
When the off-and-on Republican convention got down to business, the de facto theme became who is the real John McCain? The answers have proved to be conflicting, provoking more questions.
Ever since John McCain caught the Grand Old Party elephants with their trunks down by announcing Alaska's Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice president choice, his desperate apparatchiks have been frantically flacking two kinds of information: "mis-" and "dis-."
Snapshots from the Republican National Convention:
"Welcome," "Welcome to Minnesota," "Welcome to Minneapolis" chanted the dozens of greeters at the Minneapolis Convention Center at the Republican National Convention's Welcome Party.
A flurry of personal and legal revelations battering Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin Tuesday raised new questions about John McCain's risky running mate pick.
Palin rocked the first day of the Republican National Convention on Monday by announcing that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter was pregnant, but that the girl would have the baby and marry the father.
It also emerged Palin had hired a lawyer to defend herself in a legislative probe into her alleged abuse of powers as Alaska governor and there were reports her husband Todd was arrested for drink driving more than 20 years ago.
It garnered big applause in her first speech as Republican John McCain's vice presidential pick, but Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's assertion that she rejected Congressional funds for the so-called "bridge to nowhere" has upset many Alaskans.
Sarah Palin voluntarily told John McCain's campaign about her pregnant teenage daughter and her husband's 2-decade-old DUI arrest during questioning as part of the Republican's vice presidential search.
The confirmation that Sarah Palin's 17-year-old unwed daughter is pregnant has turned the campaign strategies of both Republican and Democratic parties askew. Women's issues will be more front and center. But both parties will be far more careful in how they attack the other.
As a downsized convention got underway, Republican delegates, who generally are more conservative than their standard bearer John McCain, continued to applaud his choice of the quirky Alaskan governor and mother of five to run with him, despite her lack of national security credentials. They filled McCain's coffers with nearly $8 million in the first two days after his announcement.
In 1968, Richard M. Nixon, the Republican nominee for president, held a series of early-morning meetings at the party's national convention in Miami to discuss vice presidential possibilities. The last group consulted included most of the GOP's congressional leaders. When Nixon mentioned Maryland Gov. Spiro Agnew, there was utter silence until Gerald R.
Republicans set aside the agenda to focus on hurricane relief in the opening hours of their national convention, only to see the scaled-back program for Day One overshadowed by jarring disclosures about the family and work life of John McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin.