Back at the Sculpture Garden – RNC Day 2

September 3, 2008 | By Justin Sullivan | News


MINNEAPOLIS – SEPTEMBER 02: Cindy McCain (L) looks at first lady Laura Bush as former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist speaks to volunteers before packing boxes that will be sent to caregivers in Africa during the ONE Campaign service event September 2, 2008 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cindy McCain, Laura Bush and volunteers packed nearly 2,500 caregiver boxes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The great thing about the RNC is that they start so late in the afternoon you get to have a few extra hours of sleep. Today’s show starts at 6:20 (odd time) and runs through 10 pm. We go to the event site in shifts, rotating the early morning shift every day. I’m with the 11:30 shift today.

I also get a brief change of scenery. I am heading to the Minneapolis Convention Center to cover a press conference with Cindy McCain and Laura Bush. The two are going talk about their support of the ONE Campaign, a charitable organization that donates care packages for people doing humanitarian service in impoverished countries. They are going to pack a ceremonial box for the cameras.

Laura raced through the assembly line process once and was done.


MINNEAPOLIS – SEPTEMBER 02: Laura Bush packs a box that will be sent to caregivers in Africa during the ONE Campaign service event September 2, 2008 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cindy McCain, Laura Bush and volunteers packed nearly 2,500 caregiver boxes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Cindy went through twice, both times with a very determined look on her face.


MINNEAPOLIS – SEPTEMBER 02: Cindy McCain packs boxes that will be sent to caregivers in Africa during the ONE Campaign service event September 2, 2008 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cindy McCain, U.S. first lady Laura Bush and volunteers packed nearly 2,500 caregiver boxes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Back at the Sculpture Garden, it was another day of speakers. The only difference today is the addition of music. ACDC at the RNC? Yup. Contemporary country tunes also rocked the house. At least the crowd seemed to be having fun today. Yesterday was like a funeral.

The costume of the day is worn by the delegates from Alaska. Photographers go wild to get photos of them wearing orange construction vests and hard hats that have a message about drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. A photo on the back of their vest shows animals roaming in oil fields.


ST. PAUL, MN – SEPTEMBER 02: Two Alaska deelgates stand on the floor on day two of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 2, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP will nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican choice for U.S. President on the last day of the convention. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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