Palin, former McCain rivals, slated to speak at RNC

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- After being slowed down by Hurricane Gustav, the momentum is building on the third day of the Republican National Convention in Minnesota.

John McCain's campaign manager says the candidate has been "itchin"' to get to St. Paul. Rick Davis is also hinting at partisan barbs by saying the gathering will turn "a little more political tonight."

The prime-time speaking slot goes to Sarah Palin, who will accept the party's vice presidential nomination. The Alaska governor has been the talk of the convention, but this will be the first time many Americans will hear her speak.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will deliver tonight's keynote address. Two more of McCain's primary rivals, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, will also take the podium tonight in support of the Arizona senator.

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

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