One of the overriding themes of the Republican National Convention is that results matter when
political promises are made. Top Republican officials over the weekend said that President Bush and his surrogates plan to list all the promises made by 2000 candidate Bush and then go over the results in the following four years. The focus will be on his promises then of tax cuts, cheaper drugs for the elderly, medical savings accounts and the rebuilding of the military.
"We're perceived today as a party of results," said GOP Chairman Ed Gillespie. Another top Republican official said, "We've shown that we can get it done." Republican
strategists said the theme resonates with voters who are concerned
that there is a logjam in Washington politics and want to see action.
They also hope to compare Bush's action over the last four years in
pushing his agenda through Congress with Sen. John Kerry's years as a
senator who did not sponsor much legislation and who, they say, didn't lay out a
detailed agenda during his acceptance speech in Boston. "People will
hear Bush say he promised and delivered and then hear his new plan,"
said a Republican official. "They'll get it that he can deliver on the
new agenda." What officials said they want the public to see in the
Bush speech on Thursday is that he has new and "inventive" ideas. Paul Bedard, U.S. News