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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,david.nitkin@baltsun.com | September 4, 2008
St. Paul, MINN. - Here's something else the early bird gets: a big-name convention guest speaker. Maryland delegates were supposed to be on their own yesterday morning, with no special guests for their daily breakfast. Some delegates headed to a Minneapolis convention center to pack relief supplies for hurricane victims. Others rose early to walk to a cafe near their hotel that had been turned over to MSNBC's popular Morning Joe show. Marylanders were snapping photos with show guests streaming in at 6 a.m. yesterday when delegation chairman Donald E. Murphy - who led the excursion - came up with an idea.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,david.nitkin@baltsun.com | September 4, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele called John McCain a leader who "understands the life lessons of those who sacrifice" last night during a Republican convention address that included a plea for voters to "put your country first." Steele introduced a convention hall and television viewers to his mother, Maebell Turner, for the second time in four years. Last night, he called Turner "a sharecropper's daughter who throughout her life suffered many hardships" but who instilled in him "the ideal of putting family, community [and]
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By Mark Z. Barabak and Jim Tankersley and Mark Z. Barabak and Jim Tankersley,LOS ANGELES TIMES, CHICAGO TRIBUNE | September 4, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and national Republicans made offense their best defense last night, turning a week's worth of questions about the vice presidential nominee's experience and "reform" image against their Democratic rivals. Largely unknown outside of Alaska a week ago, Palin was the unquestioned star in the Xcel Energy Center on the third night of the hurricane-shortened Republican National Convention. Delegates showered her with a prolonged standing ovation - a stark contrast to the media hazing she faced over the past several days, as a stream of personal and political revelations raised questions about how thoroughly McCain had vetted her. The first female member of a GOP presidential ticket, who styles herself "a hockey mom," showed she could deliver a body check.
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September 3, 2008
Carmen Amedori, 52, is a resident of Westminster and was a state delegate representing Carroll County from 1999 until 2004, when she was appointed to serve on the Maryland Parole Commission during the Ehrlich administration. A Baltimore native and a graduate of Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University), Amedori worked as a paralegal and journalist while raising two daughters before entering the world of politics. She was one of the few elected officials in Maryland who supported John McCain when he ran for president in 2000 and was an alternate delegate at that year's convention.
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | September 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the five days since she was introduced as John McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin has been defined by news media accounts of her views, her family and her brief record as Alaska governor. Now it's her turn to define herself. Palin is earning high marks from Republican politicians and the adulation of the party's delegates. Most share her socially conservative opinions and like having a woman who is balancing a large family and successful career on their national ticket.
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By Jim Tankersley and Dan Morain and Jim Tankersley and Dan Morain,Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times | September 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Republicans got back to the business of politics last night, shuffling their president out of prime time and beginning the condensed mission of contrasting John McCain with his Democratic opponent. Seeking to wrest control of their convention from Hurricane Gustav, the GOP focused on "country first," a theme that ran from the opening prayer to the closing speech and was written on screens across the Xcel Energy Center. The program focused on reintroducing voters to the presumptive Republican nominee, his family, his military and public service, and his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,david.nitkin@baltsun.com | September 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. - John McCain's years in a Vietnamese prison camp forged connections with soldiers that are paying dividends as he enters the final stage of his campaign for president. Fellow prisoners, including some who now live in Maryland, have become outspoken advocates of the Arizona senator, sharing McCain's life story at a convention designed in part to impress undecided voters who may not be well-versed in the candidate's background. "We drew our strength from each other," Everett Alvarez Jr., a resident of Potomac who was held in captivity longer than all but one serviceman, said yesterday.
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By Sara Neufeld and Kelly Brewington and Sara Neufeld and Kelly Brewington and,kelly.brewington@baltsun.com | September 3, 2008
At first, Nicole Lewis was surprised to hear that the 17-year-old daughter of the Republican vice presidential nominee is pregnant. But on second thought, Lewis figured the news wasn't so surprising. Teen pregnancy can happen to anyone. Lewis, 28, was a teen mother herself. Fresh out of a Virginia high school, she found herself abandoned by her friends, who didn't understand why she didn't just get an abortion, and isolated from the family she had let down. Now college-educated and working at Baltimore's Healthy Teen Network, a national teen pregnancy clearinghouse, Lewis hopes the experience of the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will call attention to the need for services for teen mothers.
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | September 2, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. - In an effort to squelch Internet rumors about John McCain's running mate, the Republican presidential campaign announced yesterday that Sarah Palin's unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. Palin and her husband, Todd, in a two-paragraph statement released by the campaign, said that Bristol Palin and the baby's father, identified as Levi, plan to marry. The campaign did not disclose the father's last name or age. The surprise announcement comes just four days after the little-known first-term Alaska governor burst into the national consciousness as McCain's vice presidential choice.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,david.nitkin@baltsun.com | September 2, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Deprived of sleep and the chance to change his clothes, Michael S. Steele landed here Sunday night and was whisked to the cavernous Fox News tent at the Republican convention for yet another national television appearance. The former Maryland lieutenant governor hugged Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and bumped fists with conservative commentator Sean Hannity as he took his seat on an elevated, red-carpeted stage. Clad in linen slacks and a purple shirt beneath his blazer, Steele delivered the kind of smooth defense of John McCain that has made him a regular on the network.
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