Tuesday at the Convention (Afternoon Update)

Thompson Speech Excerpts

A convention source has provided us with the following excerpts from the speech former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson is expected to give tonight. His themes are McCain, Palin and a gentlemanly word about Sen. Obama:

On John McCain

"John McCain has "the kind of character that civilizations from the beginning of history have sought in their leaders."

On Gov. Sarah Palin

"What a breath of fresh air Governor Sarah Palin is. She is from a small town, with small town values, but that’s not good enough for those folks who are attacking her and her family. Let’s be clear: the selection of Governor Palin has the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic. She is a courageous, successful, reformer, who is not afraid to take on the establishment."

And last but not least something for Sen. Obama’s supporters to mull over:

"We need a President, and Vice President, who will take the federal bureaucracy by the scruff of the neck and give it a good shaking. And we need a President who doesn’t think that the protection of the unborn or a newly born baby is above his pay grade."

Tuesday Schedule Only Set Early this Morning

The schedule for today’s session of the Republican National Convention wasn’t set until 5 a.m. today said McCain campaign manager Rick Davis and RNC Chairman Mike in a phone call with reporters that concluded at about 11:30 am EDT today.

Today’s goal is to define "who is John McCain" for the nation. The schedule stacks up roughly as follows, and stated times may change a bit:

President and Mrs. Bush will address the convention (apparently by video hookup) from about 8:51 p.m. to 8:57 p.m. and 8:57 p.m. to 9 p.m., respectively.

There will be a tribute to Medal of Honor recipient Navy SEAL Mike Monsoor and a presentation by Orson Swindle, a Marine pilot who shared John McCain’s cell in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton."

At about 9:10 pm, former Senator Fred Thompson will deliver a speech entitled, "The Courage and Service of John McCain" (which we plan to publish in full on later tonight).

After Sen. Thompson, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will deliver his tribute to John McCain entitled, "The Original Maverick: John McCain."

Previously scheduled for tonight, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be bumped to Wednesday night. Plans for Wednesday and Thursday nights remain in flux. It’s even possible that Gov. Sarah Palin will not speak on Wednesday and will speak instead on Thursday before Sen. McCain does.

Stay tuned.