The prestigious keynote spot at the 2004 RNC has been given to a key democratic supporter of Bush. Senator Zell Miller, D-GA, has been selected to
deliver the speech traditionally awarded to party heavyweights or rising stars. In a twist of irony it was Miller who gave the keynote speech at the
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Retiring Democratic Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia, who has backed President Bush for re-election, will deliver the keynote
address at the Republican National Convention, Republican officials said on Thursday.
Miller, who supported Bush's tax cuts and has consistently voted with the Republican Senate majority against his own party, will speak on Wednesday
Sept. 1, the third night of the New York convention, said Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican National Committee.
The keynote address at the national political convention is usually given by a major party figure or a rising political star.
The Democrats at their convention in Boston last month gave the job to Barack Obama, a young, black state legislator who is expected to win back the
U.S. Senate seat from Illinois from the Republicans.
Miller himself was a Democratic keynote speaker at the 1992 convention that nominated Bill Clinton for the presidency.
The 72-year-old senator is retiring from the Senate at the end of his term in January. He served as Georgia governor from 1990 to 1998 and was
appointed to the Senate in 2000 following the death of Republican Paul Coverdell and later won the election to fill out the term.
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The party tricks continue as the election draws nearer. First it was the "testing the waters" rumors of a John Kerry-John McCain ticket. Then it
was Ron Reagan Jr. speaking at the DNC on behalf of stem cell research. Now we have a democrat speaking at the RNC.
I can't wait to see what's next!
[edit on 8-19-2004 by Valhall]