Close friends of John McCain to speak before Cindy McCain on the big stage.
Session will kick off around 6:50 pm ET with the official nomination of Gov. Palin for vice president. Major speakers to follow:
In the 8 pm ET hour: Gov. Pawlenty, Sen. Martinez, Bill Frist.
In the 9 pm ET hour: Sen. Brownback, Sen. Graham
Starting at 9:30 pm ET: Segment focused on McCains, with Ridge and Cindy McCain.
10 pm ET: Intro video of McCain, McCain’s nomination speech.
The night’s theme: “Country First: Peace.”
And/but: The Republicans are hoping that the start of the football season Thursday night doesn’t complicate the convention’s climax.
Legendary Redskins coach Joe Gibbs added to the schedule, shortly before 9 pm ET.