After much speculation, it now appears Dick Cheney will be invited to speak at the Republican convention which puts to rest rumors about the McCain campaign wanting to distance themselves from the Bush administration with regard to Cheney. Meanwhile, back at the Democratic ranch, John Edwards’ role at the Democratic convention has been eliminated due to the recent acknowledgment that he had an affair in 2006.
First, the story on Cheney from Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney, a conservative favorite but a divisive national figure, will join President Bush in addressing delegates on the opening night of the Republican National Convention, the White House said Friday.
There had been doubts about a speech by Cheney, who remains unpopular with most Americans. When asked earlier this week about the vice president’s plans to attend the convention, spokeswoman Megan Mitchell left the question open by saying his schedule for September had not been set.
Cheney plans to speak the same Monday night that Bush will address delegates in St. Paul, Minn., Mitchell said Friday. The convention is scheduled for Sept. 1-4, ending with John McCain’s nomination.
In a statement, the White House said, “The vice president looks forward to participating in the Republican National Convention and continuing to work for the election of Sen. McCain and other Republican candidates in the coming months.”
In my opinion, McCain needs Chaney to gain a little conservative street cred amongst weary voters sickened by McCain’s, at times, liberal record.
Story on Edwards from Reuters:
HONOLULU – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says his former rival John Edwards, who disclosed on Friday that he had an extramarital affair in 2006, would likely not be attending the partyâ€™s convention later this month.
Edwards, a former vice presidential candidate who bowed out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year, was said to be in the running for a high-level position in a potential Obama administration, including attorney general.
Probably not anymore.
The Illinois senator, when asked about Edwards, told reporters in Hawaii he thought the former North Carolina senator and his wife, Elizabeth, had already decided not to attend the Democratic convention in Denver in late August.
â€œIf Iâ€™m not mistaken I think that â€¦ the Edwards family indicated that they probably wouldnâ€™t be attending the convention,â€ Obama told reporters.
Healing, yes. But Obama no doubt also wants to avoid another distraction at an event that he hopes will emphasize his campaign message of change and party unity.
Edwards endorsed Obama in May while the primary contest against Hillary Clinton was still running. He told television network ABC on Friday that he didnâ€™t think he had a political career in his future.
No surprise here since every time Edwards appeared at the convention, a story about his infidelity would soon follow the reading of his name on every news broadcast.