This week at the convention

The convention's overall theme, Country First, is meant to reflect John McCain's record of leadership and service to America, organizers said. Each day will center on a theme that McCain says has defined his life and will be central to his vision for leading the nation forward as president. Participants will speak at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.


The opening night will focus on service. Speakers will stress McCain's commitment to his fellow Americans.

Scheduled speakers:

President Bush.

Vice President Dick Cheney.

First lady Laura Bush.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina.

Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio.


The theme of the night will be reform. Speakers are expected to portray McCain as a restless reformer who has dedicated his career to taking on special interests and the status quo.

Scheduled speakers:

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.

Former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee.


This night, themed prosperity, will focus on McCain's plans to get the economy back on track.

Headline speaker: vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Other scheduled speakers:

Cindy McCain.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas.

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay.


The events of the day, whose theme is peace, will “reflect McCain's vision of an America in pursuit of peace and seen as a beacon of good will and hope throughout the world,” organizers said. The evening will close with John McCain accepting the Republican Party's nomination for the presidency.

SOURCES: Republican National Convention, Associated Press