Lieberman to Speak at GOP Convention

By Nitya

Aug 20, 2008 10:45am

ABC News’ Karen Travers and Nitya Venkataraman Report: The McCain campaign confirms that erstwhile Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ind-Conn, will be speaking Monday night at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Lieberman, who was the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000, speaks from the GOP stage the same night as his former rivals President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Also scheduled for Monday night speaking time are California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Laura Bush.

Lieberman, whose name has been floated in the GOP vice presidential pool, is one of the Republican nominee’s closest allies in the Senate and has taken considerable heat from Democrats for crossing party lines to campaign for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

The overall theme of the convention will be "Country First", each night highlighting a theme of service, reform, prosperity and peace.

Under Tuesday night’s "Reform" umbrella, two of McCain’s 2008 party rivals will take the stage: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Wednesday night’s theme is "Prosperity". The keynote will be delivered by the Republican vice presidential nominee, a selection yet-to-be announced by the McCain campaign. Cindy McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are all also slated to speak.

On Thursday, McCain officially accepts the Republican nomination in prime time — speakers include Minnesota Gov. Tim Palwenty, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and Florida Sen. Mel Martinez.

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