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09/01/2008 11:26 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sept. 1, 2008, News Update

Barack Obama acceptance speech draws 38 million viewers. But will they vote?

Speech packs Mile-High Stadium. Denver Broncos trying to get Obama to speak every Sunday in order to fill stands during season.

Hillary Clinton delivers rousing convention speech. For Obama in 2008 or for Hillary in 2012?

How come no speech from former Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis?

Best lines of convention speeches:

Hillary Clinton...It's appropriate that Republicans are holding convention in twin cities since you can't tell George Bush and John McCain apart.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sibelius: For John McCain, there's no place like home...or a home...or a home..or a home....

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer: We simply can't drill our way to energy independence, even if you drilled in all of John McCain's backyards, including the ones he can't even remember.

NY Gov. David Paterson: If McCain's the answer, then the question must be ridiculous.

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey: John McCain calls himself a maverick, but he votes with George Bush more than 90% of the time. That's not a maverick-that's a sidekick.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland: It's been said that George G.W. Bush was born on third base and thought he'd hit a triple. George W. Bush started on third base and then stole second, with John Mcain cheering him every step of the way.

McCain makes surprising pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as running mate. Dan Quayle in drag? Spiro Agnew redux?

Palin, 44, has served year and a half as Governor of Alaska, previously was mayor of town of 9,000. Guess that kills the Obama no experience campaign attack.

What if McCain were to die in office? Not to worry. No former mayor has ever become President.

Republicans defend Palin's lack of international experience. After all, her state is right across from Russia.

Palin reveals unmarried teen-aged daughter is pregnant. Helluva start for family values candidate.

Pundidiots speculate Palin chosen to appeal to disaffected Hillary Clinton voters. For example, Hunters for Clinton.

Palin thinks global warming not man-made. Being from Alaska, she should know. It's the fault of polar bears.

Hurricane Gustav threatens New Orleans and Gulf Coast cities, affecting Republican convention plans. Bad news: First night ceremonies scaled back. Good news: Bush and Cheney cancel appearances at convention.

Really good news: Gustav bypasses New Orleans, price of oil drops to $111/barrel.

VP Cheney to visit Georgia. That's known as Exxon Diplomacy-pouring gasoline on the fire.

Amtrak train traveling from LA to San Diego runs out of gas, has to be pushed into station. OK, Amtrak, so gas is expensive, but not that expensive.

Nine-year-old pitcher banned from Little League play for throwing too hard. New York Yankees hoping to sign him in time for run to make play-offs.