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By TOM RAUM, Associated Press Writer 

NEW YORK -  Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) was stepping Wednesday up to denounce Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites)'s "confusion of conviction" after President Bush (news - web sites) formally won the Republican nomination for a second term in a carefully choreographed GOP convention roll call. 

 Tuesday night, before a roaring audience of delegates, Bush was lauded by his wife, Laura, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites) as a man of strength and compassion. Bush "doesn't flinch, doesn't waver, does not back down," the Austrian-born former actor said. Added Mrs. Bush: "You can count on him, especially in a crisis."

 The second day of the convention brought out thousands of protesters who set out on a march to the convention site, getting in the way of a busload of delegates and engaging in shouting matches with officers around Manhattan. Nearly 1,000 protesters were arrested, and on at least two occasions, police snared unruly protesters with orange plastic netting. Pennsylvania delegates put Bush over the top on Tuesday in roll call whose outcome was never in doubt. The timing was deliberate to give the honor to Pennsylvania, the battleground state that Bush has visited the most.

  Bush, in turn, had been introduced by Jenna and Barbara Bush, the first couple's 22-year-old twin daughters, who proved to be the surprise stars of the evening.

 "Jenna and I are really not very political, but we love our dad too much to stand back and watch from the sidelines," Barbara Bush said. The twins, who were kept mostly out of sight during the 2000 presidential race, are stumping with their father and holding solo events, such as a planned address Wednesday to young Republicans.

Schwarzenegger, who grew up with Soviet tanks rumbling through his native Austria, called "terrorism more insidious than communism" and said Bush "knows you don't reason with terrorists. You defeat them."

 The former  Thursday, September 6 - Joe Biden and Barack Obama
The speakers for the day include:
John Kerry, Senior Senator for Massachusetts
Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States
Barack Obama, President of the United States
 The last night, September 6, was moved back to the Time Warner Cable Arena when bad weather threatened the event origianlly to be held at Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama is delivered his acceptance speech.[2] The date also caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict.[17] This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden's vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama's speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.[18]By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer 

MOOSIC, Pa. -  President Bush (news - web sites) began his post-convention campaign swing through three states he lost in 2000, telling a rally that he's the choice to build America's economy and keep the country safe from terrorists.  

 "If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade the world will drift toward tragedy," he said. "This will not happen on my watch."

 Bush departed New York immediately after his Madison Square Garden speech and traveled to the battleground state of Pennsylvania, where he told an enthusiastic audience that "we're coming down the stretch in this race."

 Bush's supporters chanted "flip flop, flip flop," when Santorum suggested that Kerry changes his stance on issues. They booed when Santorum, appealing to conservative Republican voters, noted that Kerry had voted against a procedure abortion foes have labeled "partial-birth abortion."

 Balloons were still drifting down from the rafters of Madison Square Garden as the convention closed late Thursday when Bush hurried back to the campaign trail to pedal the main message of his speech: that he has the steadiest hand to guide the nation in perilous times.

 Accepting his party's nomination for a second term at the GOP convention in New York, Bush told roaring delegates and a national TV audience, "I believe this nation wants steady, consistent, principled leadership and that is why, with your help, we will win this election."

 Speaking from a circular stage emblazoned with the presidential seal, Bush asked voters to reject Kerry's "policies of the past."

 "We are on the path to the future — and we are not turning back," Bush said, unveiling modest new proposals, including steps to tighten high-school testing, encourage investment in poor communities, reduce deficits and expand health care.
  Thursday, September 6 - Joe Biden and Barack Obama
The speakers for the day include:
John Kerry, Senior Senator for Massachusetts
Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States
Barack Obama, President of the United States
 The last night, September 6, was moved back to the Time Warner Cable Arena when bad weather threatened the event origianlly to be held at Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama is delivered his acceptance speech.[2] The date also caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict.[17] This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden's vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama's speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.[18]By TOM RAUM, Associated Press Writer 

NEW YORK -  Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) was stepping Wednesday up to denounce Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites)'s "confusion of conviction" after President Bush (news - web sites) formally won the Republican nomination for a second term in a carefully choreographed GOP convention roll call. 

 Tuesday night, before a roaring audience of delegates, Bush was lauded by his wife, Laura, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites) as a man of strength and compassion. Bush "doesn't flinch, doesn't waver, does not back down," the Austrian-born former actor said. Added Mrs. Bush: "You can count on him, especially in a crisis."

 The second day of the convention brought out thousands of protesters who set out on a march to the convention site, getting in the way of a busload of delegates and engaging in shouting matches with officers around Manhattan. Nearly 1,000 protesters were arrested, and on at least two occasions, police snared unruly protesters with orange plastic netting. Pennsylvania delegates put Bush over the top on Tuesday in roll call whose outcome was never in doubt. The timing was deliberate to give the honor to Pennsylvania, the battleground state that Bush has visited the most.

  Bush, in turn, had been introduced by Jenna and Barbara Bush, the first couple's 22-year-old twin daughters, who proved to be the surprise stars of the evening.

 "Jenna and I are really not very political, but we love our dad too much to stand back and watch from the sidelines," Barbara Bush said. The twins, who were kept mostly out of sight during the 2000 presidential race, are stumping with their father and holding solo events, such as a planned address Wednesday to young Republicans.

Schwarzenegger, who grew up with Soviet tanks rumbling through his native Austria, called "terrorism more insidious than communism" and said Bush "knows you don't reason with terrorists. You defeat them."

 The former  Thursday, September 6 - Joe Biden and Barack Obama
The speakers for the day include:
John Kerry, Senior Senator for Massachusetts
Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States
Barack Obama, President of the United States
 The last night, September 6, was moved back to the Time Warner Cable Arena when bad weather threatened the event origianlly to be held at Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama is delivered his acceptance speech.[2] The date also caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict.[17] This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden's vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama's speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.[18]NEW YORK - More than 400, 000 demonstrators marched past a heavily fortified Republican convention hall on Sunday, chanting denunciations of the administration and the war in Iraq as delegates flocked to the city to nominate President Bush for four more years in the White House. 

Bush and Kerry are locked in a tight race for the White House, although recent polls suggest momentum for the president. A group of Vietnam veterans have been running commercials accusing Kerry of lying about his decorated service in Vietnam, allegations that official Navy documents dispute and Kerry has denounced as a Republican-driven smear. Still, fellow Democrats concede the unsubstantiated claims may be hurting his candidacy.

 Polls show the war in Iraq has become increasingly unpopular in recent months, and the throng of protesters filling 20 city blocks on a steamy Manhattan afternoon underscored that. "No More Bush," and "No More Years," were two of the more popular chants. "Bush Lies, Who Dies?," read some of the signs.

 Several protesters carried flag-draped, coffin-shaped boxes through the streets, meant to draw attention to the U.S. death toll in Iraq.

 Police gave no official crowd estimate of the day's protest. One official put the size at 120,000, although it took nearly five hours for the procession to pass Madison Square Garden. Delegates meet there beginning Monday to nominate Bush and Cheney for second terms.

 Organizers claimed they had turned out roughly 400,000 protesters.

 In all, about 100 arrests were reported, with no major outbursts of violence. At mid-afternoon, a small fire erupted along the protest route a half block from the Garden. Police quickly doused the flames, then handcuffed two people and led them away.

 Thousands of police, some dressed in riot gear, others bearing automatic weapons, watched as the protesters passed. Extensive as it was, the force represented only a portion of an unprecedented security deployment designed to protect the city, N  Thursday, September 6 - Joe Biden and Barack Obama
The speakers for the day include:
John Kerry, Senior Senator for Massachusetts
Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States
Barack Obama, President of the United States
 The last night, September 6, was moved back to the Time Warner Cable Arena when bad weather threatened the event origianlly to be held at Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama is delivered his acceptance speech.[2] The date also caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict.[17] This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden's vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama's speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.[18]By TOM RAUM, Associated Press Writer 

NEW YORK -  Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) was stepping Wednesday up to denounce Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites)'s "confusion of conviction" after President Bush (news - web sites) formally won the Republican nomination for a second term in a carefully choreographed GOP convention roll call. 

 Tuesday night, before a roaring audience of delegates, Bush was lauded by his wife, Laura, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites) as a man of strength and compassion. Bush "doesn't flinch, doesn't waver, does not back down," the Austrian-born former actor said. Added Mrs. Bush: "You can count on him, especially in a crisis."

 The second day of the convention brought out thousands of protesters who set out on a march to the convention site, getting in the way of a busload of delegates and engaging in shouting matches with officers around Manhattan. Nearly 1,000 protesters were arrested, and on at least two occasions, police snared unruly protesters with orange plastic netting. Pennsylvania delegates put Bush over the top on Tuesday in roll call whose outcome was never in doubt. The timing was deliberate to give the honor to Pennsylvania, the battleground state that Bush has visited the most.

  Bush, in turn, had been introduced by Jenna and Barbara Bush, the first couple's 22-year-old twin daughters, who proved to be the surprise stars of the evening.

 "Jenna and I are really not very political, but we love our dad too much to stand back and watch from the sidelines," Barbara Bush said. The twins, who were kept mostly out of sight during the 2000 presidential race, are stumping with their father and holding solo events, such as a planned address Wednesday to young Republicans.

Schwarzenegger, who grew up with Soviet tanks rumbling through his native Austria, called "terrorism more insidious than communism" and said Bush "knows you don't reason with terrorists. You defeat them."

 The former  Thursday, September 6 - Joe Biden and Barack Obama
The speakers for the day include:
John Kerry, Senior Senator for Massachusetts
Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States
Barack Obama, President of the United States
 The last night, September 6, was moved back to the Time Warner Cable Arena when bad weather threatened the event origianlly to be held at Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama is delivered his acceptance speech.[2] The date also caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict.[17] This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden's vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama's speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.[18]Thursday, September 6 - Joe Biden and Barack Obama
The speakers for the day include:
John Kerry, Senior Senator for Massachusetts
Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States
Barack Obama, President of the United States
 The last night, September 6, was moved back to the Time Warner Cable Arena when bad weather threatened the event origianlly to be held at Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama is delivered his acceptance speech.[2] The date also caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict.[17] This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden's vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama's speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.[18]By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent 

NEW YORK -  Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) unleashed a stinging attack on Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) Wednesday night, ridiculing him as a politician who has made a career out of changing his mind. "More wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure," agreed Sen. Zell Miller (news, bio, voting record), a Democratic keynoter at the Republican National Convention. 

The vice president hailed President Bush (news - web sites) as a "superb commander in chief" who has helped restore the economy since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and will lead the nation to victory in the war on terror. Bush "does not deal in empty threats and halfway measures," Cheney said in a prime-time speech at the convention podium delivered to a nationwide television audience.

 Republicans launched their double-barreled attack on Bush's Democratic opponent as the president campaigned his way into the convention city, collecting the endorsement of the union representing New York's 8,600 firefighters, some of whom risked their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
 "Four more years," they shouted — echoing the chants that floated up from the convention floor several miles away as delegates acclaimed the Bush-Cheney ticket for another term.

 The speeches by Cheney and Miller were the main events of the evening, but the convention seemed to move 20 years back in time at one point as delegates took in a tribute to the late Ronald Reagan (news - web sites). They cheered at video clips of the late president at his most forceful, then again when they saw former President George H.W. Bush eulogizing him in June. Madison Square Garden bloomed with thousands of blue placards that read "Win One for The Gipper."

 Cheney performed the traditional vice president's role in his turn at the podium, praising the man at the top of the ticket while denigrating the leader of the political opposition. "Time and again he has made the wrong call on na  Thursday, September 6 - Joe Biden and Barack Obama
The speakers for the day include:
John Kerry, Senior Senator for Massachusetts
Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States
Barack Obama, President of the United States
 The last night, September 6, was moved back to the Time Warner Cable Arena when bad weather threatened the event origianlly to be held at Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama is delivered his acceptance speech.[2] The date also caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict.[17] This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden's vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama's speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.[18]Thursday, September 6 - Joe Biden and Barack Obama
The speakers for the day include:
John Kerry, Senior Senator for Massachusetts
Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States
Barack Obama, President of the United States
 The last night, September 6, was moved back to the Time Warner Cable Arena when bad weather threatened the event origianlly to be held at Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama is delivered his acceptance speech.[2] The date also caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict.[17] This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden's vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama's speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.[18]By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent 

NEW YORK -  Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) unleashed a stinging attack on Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) Wednesday night, ridiculing him as a politician who has made a career out of changing his mind. "More wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure," agreed Sen. Zell Miller (news, bio, voting record), a Democratic keynoter at the Republican National Convention. 

The vice president hailed President Bush (news - web sites) as a "superb commander in chief" who has helped restore the economy since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and will lead the nation to victory in the war on terror. Bush "does not deal in empty threats and halfway measures," Cheney said in a prime-time speech at the convention podium delivered to a nationwide television audience.

 Republicans launched their double-barreled attack on Bush's Democratic opponent as the president campaigned his way into the convention city, collecting the endorsement of the union representing New York's 8,600 firefighters, some of whom risked their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
 "Four more years," they shouted — echoing the chants that floated up from the convention floor several miles away as delegates acclaimed the Bush-Cheney ticket for another term.

 The speeches by Cheney and Miller were the main events of the evening, but the convention seemed to move 20 years back in time at one point as delegates took in a tribute to the late Ronald Reagan (news - web sites). They cheered at video clips of the late president at his most forceful, then again when they saw former President George H.W. Bush eulogizing him in June. Madison Square Garden bloomed with thousands of blue placards that read "Win One for The Gipper."

 Cheney performed the traditional vice president's role in his turn at the podium, praising the man at the top of the ticket while denigrating the leader of the political opposition. "Time and again he has made the wrong call on na  Thursday, September 6 - Joe Biden and Barack Obama
The speakers for the day include:
John Kerry, Senior Senator for Massachusetts
Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States
Barack Obama, President of the United States
 The last night, September 6, was moved back to the Time Warner Cable Arena when bad weather threatened the event origianlly to be held at Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama is delivered his acceptance speech.[2] The date also caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict.[17] This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden's vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama's speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.[18]

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Somehow, Steve Simon was able to create photographs of the event that stand apart from all others–stunning, unique, intelligent and thought-provoking images which help us to consider the very health of our democracy“.

Stacey D. Clarkson, Art Director , Harper’s Magazine

Steve Simon set to work to capture, in stark, disturbing and yet often ruefully funny black and white photographs, images of that summer’s Republican Convention. The book is a terrifying tour de force: half circus, half Armageddon. It’s tempting to think of Republicans as inevitably easy to caricature, but there are shots here of a tumult of true believers all tinctured to death with memories — of 9/11, of Iraq, abortion phobia and of God’s once being on their side — that make your blood run cold.

Gary Michael Dault, The Toronto Globe and Mail

Steve Simon behaves differently. He shows us the staging off-camera and television personalities before they compose their august on-air expressions. He gives us the blur of the secret service removing an unwanted dissident from the arena. Simon is an unusual type of spy, one who records information others regard as irrelevant. We live still in an age when public debate is carefully choreographed, under a government that prizes control. In this setting, in these times, Simon’s images remain renegade.

Mark Engler, from the introduction to The Republicans

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Steve Simon was one of 15,000 accredited members of the press covering the Republican National Convention in which 5,000 delegates, protected by 10,000 New York City police officers, re-nominated George Bush as President. As the week-long media extravaganza and coronation got underway, it met the largest demonstrations ever to greet an American political convention. More than 400,000 protesters marched past a heavily fortified Madison Square Garden, exercising their right to free speech. Simon’s work, which Harper’s magazine’s Stacy Clarkson has described as “photographs of the event that stand apart from all others–stunning, unique, intelligent and thought-provoking images which help us to consider the very health of our democracy,” illuminates a pivotal time in the history of the “Divided States of America,” the land of the free, where passionately diverging points of view meet unprecedented new levels of security.

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer  MOOSIC, Pa. -  President Bush (news - web sites) began his post-convention campaign swing through three states he lost in 2000, telling a rally that he's the choice to build America's economy and keep the country safe from terrorists.    "If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade the world will drift toward tragedy," he said. "This will not happen on my watch."  Bush departed New York immediately after his Madison Square Garden speech and traveled to the battleground state of Pennsylvania, where he told an enthusiastic audience that "we're coming down the stretch in this race."  Bush's supporters chanted "flip flop, flip flop," when Santorum suggested that Kerry changes his stance on issues. They booed when Santorum, appealing to conservative Republican voters, noted that Kerry had voted against a procedure abortion foes have labeled "partial-birth abortion."  Balloons were still drifting down from the rafters of Madison Square Garden as the convention closed late Thursday when Bush hurried back to the campaign trail to pedal the main message of his speech: that he has the steadiest hand to guide the nation in perilous times.  Accepting his party's nomination for a second term at the GOP convention in New York, Bush told roaring delegates and a national TV audience, "I believe this nation wants steady, consistent, principled leadership and that is why, with your help, we will win this election."  Speaking from a circular stage emblazoned with the presidential seal, Bush asked voters to reject Kerry's "policies of the past."  "We are on the path to the future — and we are not turning back," Bush said, unveiling modest new proposals, including steps to tighten high-school testing, encourage investment in poor communities, reduce deficits and expand health care.   Thursday, September 6 - Joe Biden and Barack Obama The speakers for the day include: John Kerry, Senior Senator for Massachusetts Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States Barack Obama, President of the United States  The last night, September 6, was moved back to the Time Warner Cable Arena when bad weather threatened the event origianlly to be held at Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama is delivered his acceptance speech.[2] The date also caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict.[17] This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden's vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama's speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.[18]

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