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Once-stalled GOP convention comes out swinging against Obama

Fred Thompson and Sen. Joe Lieberman use the McCain story to draw sharp contrasts with the Democratic presidential nominee.

At the GOP convention Tuesday, former Sen. Fred Thompson called Obama the most liberal and inexperienced nominee ever to run for president.

Mary Knox Merrill/Staff

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On Day 2, the Republican National Convention returned to offense.

After a convention opening disrupted by hurricane Gustav and put on the defensive by news about the pregnancy of vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s daughter, speakers on the second evening of the GOP confab got proceedings moving again in a forward direction.

That meant two things: a reintroduction of John McCain to the nation, and some hard jabs at Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

Tough commercials lampooning Senator Obama as a typical celebrity helped pull Senator McCain even in polls prior to the opening of the late summer’s convention season. The McCain camp now may be hoping that a return to an Obama-centric campaign message can erase the lead the Illinois senator has regained since the Democrats’ national meeting in Denver last week.


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