Head Winds: Palin a Hit With the Base, but Outside Pressures Leave Clouds Over RNC

President Bush may not be in St. Paul, but his family is well-represented. The Houston Chronicle's Julie Mason: "For all the president's political woes, the Bush dynasty endures, as evidenced by other family members who will appear at the convention at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. . . . First lady Laura Bush on Monday is scheduled to introduce the president at the convention. His mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, plans to watch from the audience. On Thursday night, McCain has invited former President George H.W. Bush to observe his acceptance speech from McCain's family box."

The Sked:

The Obama-Biden team continues its battleground tour Sunday, with an economy event in Toledo, Ohio, and a rally in Battle Creek, Mich.

McCain-Palin visits a storm-readying Jackson, Miss., at the invitation of Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss., and ends the day with an evening rally in O'Fallon, Mo.

Your Sunday line-up: Cindy McCain is George Stephanopoulos' guest on ABC's "This Week," with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., rounding out the lineup.

"Fox News Sunday": John and Cindy McCain.

"Meet the Press": Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.

"Face the Nation": Former mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-N.Y.; Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.; and Carly Fiorina

"Late Edition": Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla.; Gov. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.; former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn.

Obama and Biden sit down for an interview on "60 Minutes" Sunday night.

Obama on Biden: "He can step in and become president."

Obama on Palin: "She seems to have a compelling life story. Obviously, she's a fine mother and a up-and-coming public servant. . . . My sense is that she subscribes to John McCain's agenda."

Highlighted by the Democrats this week, in the war room in St. Paul: DNC Chairman Howard Dean; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; former Gov. Tom Vilsack, D-Iowa; Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin; Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas; and Gov. Bill Ritter, D-Colo.

Plus special guests David Plouffe and David Axelrod, planting the Obama flag in the Twin Cities.

The Kicker:

"What I've had to do, though, is in the middle of the night, put down the Blackberries and pick up the breast pump." -- Sarah Palin, in one of the many sentences she can utter but Joe Biden can't. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/08/people-magazine.html

"We never get great speakers and they don't throw parties for us." -- Spencer Stokes, GOP convention delegate from deep-red Utah.

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