Bush box laden with guests for speech

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The presidential box at the GOP 2004 National Convention was filled with special guests Thursday to see George W. Bush accept his renomination for president.

Convention officials said the guests included: White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and his wife, the Rev. Kathleene Card; Bush national security adviser Condoleezza Rice; U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and his wife, Karyn Frist; and U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and his wife, Mrs. Jean Hastert.


Also in the box, convention officials said, were New York Gov. George Pataki and his wife, Libby Pataki; Republican National Chairman Ed Gillespie and wife Cathy; and members of the Bush family including his sister Doro, his children, Jenna and Barbara and his parents, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara.

One late addition was retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks and his wife, Cathy. Franks, who led the successful U.S. military drive into Baghdad, appeared on the convention slate early in the program to endorse George W. Bush's re-election.


"The global war on terrorism will be a long fight," Franks said. "The question is: Do we fight them over there or do we fight them here? I choose to fight them over there," Franks said to strong applause.

When it comes to defending the nation, Franks said, "George W. Bush is the real thing."

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