Wooing Independents?

Wooing Independents?

Today’s theme for the Republican National Convention is “service,” and tonight’s scheduled speakers include a former and current senator. One is perhaps more well known in some circles as a district attorney on the television show “Law & Order” than as a dark horse candidate for president, and the other is known for first running for vice president as a Democrat with Al Gore, switching political parties to Independent, and then throwing his unwavering support behind Sen. John McCain.

In addition to speaking on service, both (former) Sen. Fred Thompson and (current) Sen. Joseph Lieberman will explain why they believe McCain is more qualified than Sen. Barack Obama to be president. But most importantly, both men will be present tonight to help McCain woo independents who might otherwise vote for Sen. Barack Obama or a third-party candidate.

“We are excited to announce Tuesday’s featured speakers, who will share John McCain’s remarkable record of leadership and service with millions of Americans tonight. We are looking forward to showcasing John McCain’s life-long record of putting his country first,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan.

Thompson won’t tell the audience why he really should be receiving the nomination (as was his goal many, many months ago) and that he is the true conservative, instead, Thompson will discuss McCain’s character, McCain’s dedication to doing what is right — and not what is popular, and McCain’s commitment to really reform Washington.

“This is the kind of character that civilizations from the beginning of history have sought in their leaders. Strength. Courage. Humility. Wisdom. Duty. Honor.  It’s pretty clear there are two questions we will never have to ask ourselves, ‘Who is this man?’ and ‘Can we trust this man with the presidency?'” Thompson is expected to say.

Deborah Creighton Skinner is the editorial director for BlackEnterprise.com.