President Bush will headline the first night of the Republican National Convention, and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani will deliver the convention’s keynote address at the four-day political rally in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The convention, which will take place from September 1-4, will culminate in the nomination of John McCain as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.
A video will introduce McCain before he delivers his acceptance speech September 4, senior campaign aides tell CNN.
The Arizona senator is turning to close allies, former rivals, a former Democrat rumored running mates to address the convention in the days leading up to his acceptance speech.
A year ago, four of the speakers were competing against McCain for the Republican nomination. Another speaker is Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee. Two speakers represent the battleground state of Florida, and 10 have been rumored to be on McCain’s list of potential running mates.
McCain wanted the list of speakers to showcase the diversity of the Republican Party, said Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager.