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RNC Belatedly Gets into Full Swing

Alternate delegate Alberta Brinkman, of Emporia, Ks., wears a pin in support of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as she sings the national anthem at the opening of the session of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. (AP Photo)
Alternate delegate Alberta Brinkman, of Emporia, Ks., wears a pin in support of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as she sings the national anthem at the opening of the session of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. (AP Photo)

The Republican National Convention is moving forward. In St. Paul, Minnesota tonight, the schedule is more comprehensive than it was on opening day yesterday, when the Party postponed most events due to Hurricane Gustav. (NPR)

WBUR's Bob Oakes is in St Paul following developments with the Massachusetts delegation and with party organziers. He joins WBUR's Delores Handy for an update on the RNC. (WBUR)

Tonight, President Bush will speak by satellite link from Washington. In primetime, former Tennessee senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson will speak. So will former Democrat now independent Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. Tom Ashbrook gets a preview of events from a panel of RNC deglegates, along with Ken Walsh, chief White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report. (On Point)

On Morning Edition yesterday, WBUR's Bob Oakes spoke with Republican Jeff Beatty, who's challenging Democrat John Kerry for his seat in the US Senate. But before that race happens, Kerry must defeat his first in-party rival in 24 years. Ed O'Reilly, a criminal defense lawyer from Gloucester says the incumbent senator is not connected with the people of Massachusetts. In less than two weeks, Massachusetts voters will have their say in the Democratic primary. WBUR's Monica Brady-Myerov reports. (WBUR)

This program aired on September 2, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

Adam Ragusea Reporter/Associate Producer
Adam Ragusea was formerly a reporter and producer for WBUR.

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