Region 8 Republicans Rally Around the Grand Old Party

August 30, 2004 --Posted 8:30 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR -- Region 8 Republicans are working the phone lines, as The Grand Old Party takes the stage in the Big Apple.

The Republican National Convention kicked off Monday evening in New York City. Among the delegates, 32 Arkansans are hoping to keep the White House under republican control.

As conservatives converged on the Big Apple, Region 8 republicans sat and watched the first major political event to take place in New York City since 9/11 from the Craighead County Republican Headquarters in Jonesboro.

These politicos are not just sitting back as cheerleaders; they're spending the next week working the phones, rounding up support for President Bush.

Of the 32 Arkansas delegates at the National Convention, three are from the First District. According to some analysts, during the next four days, these republicans have the task of convincing the rest of America that President Bush is a strong wartime leader, worthy of a second term in office.

President Bush will be busy campaigning up until Thursday, the day he's scheduled to speak. He's keeping tabs on the convention however. Campaigning in New Hampshire, he said the 4 day event will be a "positive experience" for Americans.

The Bush Campaign has chosen moderate republicans, like former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani and Arizona Senator John McCain as key note speakers during this convention; party spokespersons who share more liberal views on social issues like abortion, gay rights, and gun control.