Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani had been scheduled to give a keynote address this morning, but he had to cancel and is being replaced by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and former U.S. senator Fred D. Thompson (R-Tenn.).
According to the GOP, Lieberman and Thompson will talk about the soon-to-be nominated John McCain and their personal and professional relationships with the senator from Arizona. (Notably, Lieberman is telling people that he will not serve as the designated attack dog to go after Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. The word is that he will, instead, make appeals for votes to unhappy Democrats and undecided independents.Thompson, on the other hand, is expected to bring his well-known voice to bear on Obama.
The president, who stayed away from St. Paul so that he could oversee response to Hurricane Gustav, will address the convention tonight via satellite at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern time).
Extra: When I posted some items about the protests around the convention yesterday, there had been just a handful of arrests. Some of the protesters continued to roam through parts of St. Paul, committing vandalism and attacking police officers. By the end of the day, the estimated number of arrests had climbed to about 250 anarchists, anti-globalists and others.