Huntsman bumped from RNC schedule

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(AP/KSL News) The Republican National Convention is looking far more conventional today, going back to a full schedule of events now that Hurricane Gustav is not as big a threat. But the agenda is getting revised daily.

Gov. Jon Huntsman was scheduled to be a speaker today, but he's been bumped to get headliners who were originally scheduled for yesterday into the convention.

Democrat-turned-Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman is tonight's main event. He made his walk-through of the convention center this morning. He said, "I feel very good to be here. Obviously crossing party lines to support John McCain because, to state it simply, country matters more than party, and I feel so strongly that John McCain is the best candidate for president for our country."

Lieberman spoke at the Democratic convention only eight years ago when he accepted the nomination to be Al Gore's vice presidential running mate.

(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Huntsman said last week he had planned on talking about reform "because reform is the theme for that evening, and a little bit about John McCain, the man, and the person who I've come to know and understand, and respect over the last many years."

The rest of tonight's lineup, based on the latest information we've received, looks like this:

  1. Scheduled speakers Rudolph Giuliani and Mike Huckabee are out.
  2. Former Senator and actor Fred Thompson is in.
  3. Lieberman gets the plum position in prime time.
  4. President and Mrs. Bush will speak on a satellite hookup from the White House. Bush is scheduled to speak for eight minutes, a condensed appearance worked out in negotiations between Bush and McCain aides. Bush originally had planned to speak for 15 minutes. Mitt Romney also made a walk-through of the stage area this afternoon. There's been no confirmation on when the convention will hear from him. He was originally on the schedule for tomorrow, but the program for the rest of the week is still being adjusted. The speeches today will all be about John McCain, but the official theme is service.

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