2008 Republican National Convention
St. Paul, Minnesota  September 1-4, 2008
Front Page Coverage of:
Day Before
Aug. 31, 2008
(Sept. 1 Newspapers)

Day One
Sept. 1, 2008
(Sept. 2 Newspapers)
Day Two
Sept. 2, 2008
(Sept. 3 Newpapers)

Day Three
Sept. 3, 2008
(Sept. 4 Newspapers)

Day Four
Sept. 4, 2008
(Sept. 5 Newspapers)

Summary: Based on an "at a glance" look at a number of front pages, McCain's acceptance speech was the lead story in the papers on Friday morning.  Headlines noted themes of change and bipartisanship.  Quite a few papers ran analysis pieces on their front pages.  Photo editors selected a variety of images for page one.  The majority of papers went with various images of McCain and Palin after McCain's speech, but a couple ran solo shots of McCain during his speech.  NEWSEUM


Star Tribune
"Drawing on his maverick image, John McCain promised to reach out and work with all who want to 'get this country moving again.'"

Medium wide shot of McCain and Palin waving, confetti fallng, a balloon, delegates and signs. -Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune.

...below the fold
"I don't work for a party.  I don't work for a special interest.  I don't work for myself.  I work for you." John McCain
Patricia Lopez (ST)
...below the fold
Small photo, MCU of McCain and his mother Roberta. - Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune.

Pioneer Press with Politico
"The maverick's turn"
"To chants of 'USA' and with a vow of change, McCain accepts the nomination, and the last leg of the race to the White House begins.
article by Bill Salisbury and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger (PP).
Medium wide shot of McCain, waving, and Palin, confetti falling, a couple of balloons, delegates in the background - Brandi Jade Thomas, Pioneer Press.

...below the fold
-"Anti-war marchers make most of finale" - Pioneer Press.
-"Coming to the campaign trail: The return of the maverick" - Jonathan Martin (Politico).
...below the fold
MCU of protester being restrained on pavement.  Thomas W..., Pioneer Press.

USA Today
"McCain: 'Change is coming'"
"Touts 'record and scars,' brands Obama as a novice" - David Jackson (USAT).
Medium shot, tight crop, of McCain speaking, both arms outstretched, palms forward. - H. Darr Beiser, USA Today.

...below the fold
"USA's changing face sets stage for 'pivotal' realignment in '08" - Susan Page (USAT).

New York Times
"McCain Sounds His Theme as a Fight for Change"
"Partisan Rancor' Will Be Ended, He Pledges" - Adam Nagourney and Michael Cooper.
2. "[News Analysis] "The Party in Power, Running as if It Weren't" - Peter Baker.
Medium shot of McCain on stage, several McCain-Palin signs blurry in the background. - Brendan Smailowski for the NYT.

...below the fold
Graphic showing number of times terms were used per 25,000 words at the Democratic and Republican conventions.

Washington Post
(Final Edition)
"'Change is coming,' McCain Says"
"Accepting GOP Nomination, Veteran Senator Calls For Putting Country's Interests Before Party Loyalty" - Robert Barnes (WP).
2. "[Analysis] Galvanized Parties Head to Homestretch" - Dan Balz (WP).
MW shot of McCain and Palin after his speech, bits of confetti, a large balloon, delegates. - Ricky Carioti, The Washington Post.

Los Angeles Times
"McCain vows own kind of change"
"GOP nominee says he will look past party labels for the good of the nation." - Mark Z. Barabak (LAT).
2. "Taking the party to Main Street" - Peter Wallsten (LAT).
3. "Palin gives and saves amid big Alaska surplus" - Kim Murphy (LAT).
Mediium shot, tight crop, McCain and Palin waving and a few bits of confetti. - Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times.
Also small shot of delegates cheering. - Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times.

Boston Globe
"A pledge of bipartisanship"
"McCain hits GOP lapses, vows to end old ways in Washington" - Susan Milligan (BG).
MW shot of McCain at podium waving; in background, blurry, delegates, a few McCain-Palin signs and the Missouri delegation sign. - John Tlumacki, Boston Globe.

...below the fold
"[Convention Perspective] The maverick positions himself to court the moderates" - Peter S. Canellos (BG).

Chicago Tribune
"Stand up and fight"
"Invoking his personal story and experience, McCain challenges Americans to make history"
Medium shot of McCain and Palin waving, bits of confetti. - Nuccio DiNuzzio, Tribune.

...below the fold
"Focuses on taxes, education, energy" - Jim Tankersley (Trib.)
2. "With 9 weeks left to go, a whole new campaign" - Christi Parsons (Trib.)

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