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DAY 3 - Wednesday September 1, 2004

On the night with the theme "Land of Opportunity," Vice President Dick Cheney made the case for another four years for President Bush and ridiculed White House rival John Kerry as "indecisive," insisting that in Bush "America has a president we can count on to get it right." Democratic Sen. Zell Miller -- the convention's keynote speaker -- lambasted his party's recent record and Kerry's abilities to lead the country. "Where is the bipartisanship in this country when we need it most? ... What has happened to the party I've spent my life working in?" Miller questioned the crowd.
Full story | Blog, Day 3

NOTE: All Times Eastern and subject to change

7 p.m.
West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito officially called the third day of the Republican National Convention to order. President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney's names were formally placed into nomination as the roll call of states ended.

5 questions with Rick Santorum
Carlos Watson: Playing to the base
Video: Delegate Diary, Day 3
Video: 'Crossfire' previews the day ahead

8:30 p.m.
• Introduced by her husband Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao told the crowd of her family's immigrant experience in the United States and the opportunities the Bush administration has created in education and jobs. "President Bush speaks our language, the language of opportunity, family and a better future for each new generation."
• Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin concentrated his speech on Bush's tax cuts and incentives for small businesses.

Video: Swing states affect Bush issues

9:15 p.m.
To a rousing reception and waving of "Win one for the Gipper" signs, a video tribute to President Reagan played for the delegates. Michael Reagan, the late president's son, introduced the tribute, saying "He wasn't just a great communicator ... My father communicated great ideas."

Reagan: 'I've come to honor my father'

10 p.m.
Questioning John Kerry's leadership and his own party's judgment, Democratic Sen. Zell Miller took to the podium to deliver a fiery keynote address of the convention. Praising Bush's leadership abilities, Miller said, "I ask which leader it is today that has the vision, the willpower, and yes, the backbone to best protect my family? The clear answer to that question has placed me in this hall with you tonight. For my family is more important than my party."

Miller: Democrats' thinking is 'warped'
Read Miller's speech in full
Wolf Blitzer: Is Miller a Zell-out?
Video: Miller's speech | Part 1 | Part 2
Video: A Dem at the RNC

10:20 p.m.
Dick Cheney, formally accepting the vice presidential nomination, began his speech outlining the successes of the Bush administration in the areas of education, tax cuts, health care and the nation's security. Amid chants of "U.S.A." and "Four more years," he then took aim at John Kerry, saying the Democratic nominee would poorly serve the nation in a time of war. "His back-and-forth reflects a habit of indecision, and sends a message of confusion."

Cheney hits Kerry's 'habit of indecision'
Read Cheney's speech in full
Video: Cheney's speech | Part 1 | Part 2
Cheney inspires loyalty, draws criticism
Video: Why Democrats like Cheney
Video: The politics of Cheney
Video: Lynne Cheney talks with CNN's Bill Hemmer

11 p.m.
A performance by the country duo Brooks and Dunn capped the evening's lineup as delegates departed the third day of the Republican National Convention.

Gallery: Quotes from Day 3
Gallery: Land of opportunity
Burgers with a side of politics
Video: The Cheney-Miller moments


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