Republicans have officially opened their national convention, using the backdrop of New York City to paint President Bush as a war-time leader who organized an international fight against terrorism.
Republican Party leaders will also highlight President Bush's response after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on Washington and New York, and defend his decision to go to war in Iraq.
Convention organizers have pledged prime-time speaking slots to moderate party stars who appeal to swing voters --including California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Senator John McCain will address the convention in a coveted prime-time slot later today (Monday). Mr. McCain has often criticized the Bush administration's policies, but today is expected to hail President Bush as a tested leader.
For his part, President Bush will formally accept his re-nomination in a televised speech on Thursday.