Lieberman, Thompson to boost McCain at convention

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- After Hurricane Gustav forced Republicans to shorten and refocus Monday's opening session of their convention, politics comes back into focus Tuesday night.

The headliners are President Bush, actor and former Senator Fred Thompson and Senator Joe Lieberman, the Democrat turned independent.

Bush will make his address by satellite from the White House, and it will be shorter than originally planned. Organizers had him slotted for 15 minutes Monday night. Instead he'll get about eight minutes tonight.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino says Bush will "throw his enthusiastic support behind John McCain for president." Asked if convention planners had said Bush should not come, Perino said, "I wouldn't put it that way."

Rudy Giuliani was to have given the convention's keynote address tonight. He'll deliver it tomorrow night instead.

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


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