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Bush praises McCain, Thompson defends Palin

ST. PAUL, Minn. — President Bush, relegated to a minor role at the Republican National Convention, praised John McCain Tuesday night as “ready to lead this nation,” a courageous candidate who supported the war in Iraq despite risks to his campaign for the White House.

As Bush addressed the convention from the White House ” his speech was to last less than eight minutes ” Republicans in St. Paul defended McCain’s vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin. The governor of Alaska is “from a small town, with small town values, but that’s not good enough for those folks who are attacking her and her family,” former Sen. Fred Thompson said in convention remarks released in advance.

He said McCain’s decision to place her on the ticket “has the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic.” In the days since her selection, Palin has disclosed that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant, and that a lawyer has been retained to represent her in an unfolding investigation in Alaska into the dismissal of a state employee.

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