The other side
GOP bigwigs are out in force … in denver?
Republican heavyweights are in Denver as John McCain surrogates, and the party has a fully staffed "war room" to respond quickly to Democratic criticism from the podium. McCain Victory 2008 chairwoman Carly Fiorina was the lead-off surrogate Monday, followed Tuesday by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani set for today and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty arriving Thursday. The GOP's "Not Ready for '08" response center is set up in office space a mile or so from the convention hall. The room opens at 6 a.m. and shuts down when the evening sessions end.
Governors equate McCain to Bush
Democratic governors lined up Tuesday to criticize McCain. "The entrenched powers of the Bush-Cheney years have everything to gain from keeping things just the way they are. They will pull out all the stops to elect John McCain, because they know he'll keep looking out for them," declared Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle. Without pause, speakers repeated the message that McCain amounted to a third Bush term and said Democrats must not allow Republicans four more years in the White House. "If he's the answer, then the question must be ridiculous," New York Gov. David Paterson said.
Antiabortion protest arrests
Thirteen antiabortion activists, including Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry, were arrested Tuesday during an orchestrated demonstration. At the other end of downtown, about a dozen antiabortion demonstrators rallied outside the Sheraton Hotel, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton were speaking at a luncheon sponsored by Emily's List, a group that supports female candidates. Earlier Tuesday, a group of about 50 antiabortion activists unfurled a huge sign on a mesa west of Denver equating the Democratic National Convention with abortion, but later removed it at the request of authorities.
Emotional Biden thanks supporters
Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden thanked Delaware delegates Tuesday for standing by their home-state senator and served up a mea culpa for his foibles and imperfections. "I didn't always comport myself in the way that I wanted to," said Biden, who took office when he was 30. "My private life has been lived in the public arena because y'all got me started so young." Biden, at times emotional and ignoring prepared remarks, also offered thanks as his large family listened. "The only reason I came by is to tell you that I love you," Biden said.