Featured Republican Speakers
Weighing in on Renewing America's Purpose
monday - tuesday - wednesday - thursday
Strength and Security with a Purpose
Featured speakers: Sen. John McCain, Condoleeza Rice and Elizabeth Dole talk about safety in the home and the world. There will also be a tribute to former Republican presidents, George Bush, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.
Sen. John McCain
Early in the Republican primaries, Arizona Senator John McCain remained the only viable rival to Texas Governor George W. for the GOP nomination. The two fought bitterly at times as they battled over questions of experience, the need for strengthen laws regulating money in elections and social programs.
McCain put that fight behind him at the convention Tuesday, when as the featured speaker of the evening, he offered a salute to Bush and urged his Republican supporters as well as independents and Democrats around the nation vote for Bush this November.
"If you believe that patriotism is more than a sound bite and public service should be more than a photo-op, then vote for Governor Bush," McCain declared.
Hear John McCain's full speech on Tuesday evening at the Republican National Convention or read the transcript.
Often considered a maverick in his own party, the Arizona Senator frequently ruffles feathers among fellow Republicans in Congress who oppose his leading roles pushing for campaign finance reform and fights against the tobacco industry.
McCain was taken as a prisoner by the North Vietnamese for five-and-a-half years after his jet was shot down in 1967 while serving as a Navy pilot. After his release as a POW, the Navy named McCain as liaison to the U.S. Senate in 1977, where he was first exposed to the inner workings of Congress.
Both his father and grandfather were admirals in the Vietnam War and World War II, respectively.
He was elected to the House of Representatives from Arizona's First Congressional District, having moved to Phoenix to work for his wife's father's beer distribution business. His conservative voting record loyally followed President Ronald Reagan throughout the 1980s and McCain clearly staked his reputation in military affairs. Born in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936, McCain attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
During her convention speech Tuesday night, Condoleeza Rice voiced support for George W. Bush in no uncertain terms. The Texas governor possesses the character, the knowledge and the leadership skills necessary to take the helm of the nation's national security and international policy, she said.
"George W. Bush is a man of his word. Friend and foe will know that he tells the
National security adviser to the Republican presidential candidate, Rice also served President Bush in a similar role in the White House and now heads a team of foreign policy advisors for the Texas governor. The political scientist and foreign policy strategist has been pegged by many as the future national security advisor if Bush wins the November election.
Born to black, middle-class educators in Birmingham, Ala., Rice told the convention that she is keenly aware of continuing racial tensions in America.
"But even with its flaws, this unique American experience provides a shining beacon to peoples who still suffer in places where ethnic difference is a license to kill," she offered. "In America, with education and hard work, it really does not matter where you came from - it matters where you are going."
Hear Condoleeza Rice's full speech on Tuesday evening at the Republican National Convention or read the transcript.
Rice attended the University of Denver at age 15 as music major. Shortly after, she switched to international studies to study with the father of Madeline Albright. She received her B.A in 1974 and her doctorate in 1981. When Rice started teaching political science at Stanford University, she became well known for her expertise in Soviet affairs and she was named director of Soviet and East European affairs on the National Security Council under President George Bush.
When Elizabeth Dole addressed the Convention Tuesday evening, she spoke of national security in terms of moral values.
"I speak not of military weapons, but of moral ones, of the defense of values as well as territory. Long before there was an American dream, there was a dream of America as liberty's home and Refuge," she said. "Let us be clear: the success of freedom can never be measured in material terms alone. For one day, each of us will be held to account not for the money we made, but for the difference we made. Not for the worldly status we may have enjoyed, but for the stewardship we provided."
Hear Elizabeth Dole's full speech on Tuesday evening at the Republican National Convention or read the transcript.
A former Democrat turned Independent turned Republican, Elizabeth Dole is currently one of the party's most well-known members and famed for her record in drawing new female voters into politics. Following a highly publicized announcement to run for the GOP nomination this year, she dropped out of the race early in the primary season, citing a lack of campaign funds.
She is pro-life on issues of abortion with exceptions in cases of rape, incest or health, but has stated that a constitutional amendment is irrelevant and that attention should be focused on other issues such as domestic violence. Dole, active in the evangelical movement, supports prayer and the posting of the Ten Commandments in public schools. She has proposed a post-cold-war weapons buildup to reinforce the country's already expansive nuclear arsenal.
Born in Salisbury, North Carolina in 1936, Dole moved to Washington D.C. to pursue a career in politics after having graduated with honors from Duke University in 1958 with a B.A. in political science. She continued her education at Harvard University, where she completed both a Masters in education and was one of the first women ever to obtain a law degree from that institution. She served as president of the American Red Cross from 1991-1999 and Secretary of Labor from 1989-1991. The first woman to hold the office of Secretary of Transportation (1983-1987), she drew intense criticism for increases in air traffic controller errors while reaping the benefits of a carefully publicized positive image.