Laura Bush to address convention

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- First lady Laura Bush says she'll be addressing Monday's opening session of the Republican National Convention, but Day One of the gathering won't be the big celebration that once was planned.

Bush was making the rounds of delegate breakfasts in the Twin Cities, and told Texas delegates that "everyone'e eye is on the Gulf Coast."

Bush will be teaming up with her would-be successor, Cindy McCain, to address the convention on Monday.

Bush also offered some strong words of support for John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Bush said Palin is "a really tough western woman" who brings a lot to the Republican ticket.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- First lady Laura Bush says she'll be addressing Monday's opening session of the Republican National Convention, but Day One of the gathering won't be the big celebration that once was planned.

Bush was making the rounds of delegate breakfasts in the Twin Cities, and told Texas delegates that "everyone'e eye is on the Gulf Coast."

Bush will be teaming up with her would-be successor, Cindy McCain, to address the convention on Monday.

Bush also offered some strong words of support for John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Bush said Palin is "a really tough western woman" who brings a lot to the Republican ticket.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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