Thompson and Lieberman to speak at GOP convention

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Republicans have revamped their convention plans for a second day.

Organizers say former Senator Fred Thompson and independent Senator Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 2000, will address the convention tonight. Republicans say the two will talk about John McCain's life and their friendship with him.

The originally scheduled keynote speaker was former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. It's unclear whether Thompson has replaced Giuliani as the convention keynote and, if so, why.

Convention planners say Giuliani will address the gathering in prime time tomorrow or Thursday.

Also uncertain is whether President Bush will address delegates via satellite tonight. Bush, Vice President Cheney and others had been expected to speak last night night. But the McCain campaign and convention officials agreed to trim back the politics and focus instead on fundraising for victims of Hurricane Gustav.

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


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