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Republican Convention to Highlight Compassion on 2nd Day - 2004-08-31


Republicans are expected to highlight social issues and what the Bush campaign terms the compassion of the American people on the second day of their national convention in New York Tuesday.

Among Tuesday's speakers will be President Bush's wife, Laura, who will provide some personal insights into the President's three and half years in office.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will also take to the podium, to talk about the immigrant experience and his own Austrian roots.

Health and education issues will figure prominently. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who is also a medical doctor, is expected to discuss health care. Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas is to talk about the fight against aids. Education Secretary Rod Paige will highlight Mr. Bush's commitment to educating every child.

The convention offered a preview of the compassionate message Monday night. Family members of those whose loved ones died in the September 11, 2001 attacks, thanked Americans who helped victims and their families through difficult days.

Debra Burlingame lost her brother, Chic Burlingame, captain of the American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon. "We read your letters. We received the pictures your children drew. I will also never forget the huge flag that was unfurled at the Pentagon, just a few yards (meters) away from where the plane went in," she said. "I especially remember it lit up against the dark sky in the wee hours of September 12th, Chic's birthday."

Most of the day Monday was devoted to tributes to Mr. Bush as a war president.

Senator John McCain of Arizona, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, praised Mr. Bush for his decision to go to war with Iraq, even though public opinion polls show most Americans are divided on whether it was a good idea.

"Our choice was not between a benign status quo and the bloodshed of war. It was between war and graver threat," he said. "Do not let anyone tell you otherwise."

The convention concludes Thursday, when Mr. Bush is to accept his party's nomination for another four-year term.

The Democratic Party nominated Senator John Kerry to challenge Mr. Bush in the November election at their convention in Boston last month.

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