Thursday, September 2, 2004

Notes from New York

Cheney goes on offensive
Senator, wife heap praise
Speeches elicit responses
Young voters get own event
Bush enlists Buckeye aid
Protest arrests set record
Notes from New York
Election special section
Convention blog watch
Convention photo gallery

Remarks by:
Rob Portman
Elaine Chao
Mitch McConnell
Bengals over breakfast

Rep. Steve Chabot took time out from politics Wednesday for something even more important: football.

The Westwood Republican hit an NFL-sponsored breakfast where he met with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

The commissioner, he said, "would like to see the lawsuits resolved and put behind us so the Bengals and the city of Cincinnati can move forward."

Nothing was said even suggesting the Bengals might move, Chabot said.

Hamilton County is suing the Bengals and the NFL, saying that team owner Mike Brown falsely claimed in the mid-1990s that the Bengals needed a new stadium to make enough money to field a competitive team.


OutKast member goes mainstream

A day after Jenna Bush gave Republicans a pop-culture lesson by dropping OutKast's name, half the hip hop duo showed up at the GOP convention to encourage young people to vote.

AndrDe Benjamin, better known to his fans as AndrDe 3000, came by Madison Square Garden on Wednesday to do interviews for a documentary he's making for HBO on his transformation from an apolitical musician to a voter-registration activist.

"This is my first vote," said Benjamin, 29.

The film complements Benjamin's activities with "Declare Yourself," a nonpartisan group that's raised millions to try to get young people to the polls.

Earlier in the day he interviewed Jenna and Barbara Bush - who he said surprised him by mentioning his group in their convention speech Tuesday.

Jenna offered OutKast as evidence that her parents "are actually kind of cool."

"When we tell them we're going to see OutKast, they know it's a band and not a bunch of misfits," she said.

Benjamin said it was a "great tack."


One perk that wasn't Ohio's

Humph! Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania! - was the state delegation that put President Bush over the top.

"We were only outraged until we got to our seats in the front row, a few feet from the stage," Ohio party spokesman Jason Mauk said. "There are a lot of battleground states to be accommodated."

The Democrats at their convention in Boston did give Ohio the privilege of casting the "deciding" votes to nominate Sen. John Kerry. But Ohio delegates here seemed unfazed.

"I think we all knew who was going to win," said Ohio delegate Kathleen Ayres of Hillsboro.

Pennsylvania's role violated the unofficial rule of this convention: Ohio matters most.

Congressional Quarterly dedicated its lead Tuesday to a story on the "plethora of perks" for Ohioans. The headline: "Big Apple Convention Menu: Serve the Buckeyes."

"They're the queen of the convention," said Kentucky delegate Barbara Haas of Fort Thomas.


Dayton goes to Harlem

Rep. Mike Turner, who represents northern Warren County, ventured Wednesday into a part of New York City that few delegates are exploring: Harlem.

Turner, who chairs the Saving America's Cities working group in Congress, took a bus tour of Harlem to check out recent economic development. The former mayor of Dayton also joined a panel Tuesday called "Where Red Meets Blue: Urban Issues and the Electorate."


Speaking tonight

Prime-time speakers tonight at the convention:

• Retired Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks • Rep. Henry Bonilla of Texas • Gov. George Pataki of New York • President Bush.

Carl Weiser of the Enquirer Washington Bureau and Enquirer news services contributed.

Cheney goes on offensive
Senator, wife heap praise on Bush
GOP speeches elicit strong responses
Young voters get own event
Bush enlists aid of famous Buckeyes
Protest arrests set record
Notes from New York
Remarks by Rob Portman
Remarks by Elaine Chao
Remarks by Mitch McConnell

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