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Tonight, we'll see something different. Maybe.
Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner told reporters on Monday that his speech will focus on bipartisanship, not on McCain.
"There may be parts of the speech that aren't going to get a lot of applause, but I've got to say what I believe will get our country back on the right path," Warner said.
"I guarantee on the first night of the Republican Convention, you're going to hear talk about Barack Obama, commander-in-chief, tax cuts, et cetera," Carville said. "You haven't heard about Iraq or John McCain or George W. Bush... If this party has a message it's done a hell of a job hiding it tonight, I promise you that."
"We don't need to attack McCain" during the convention's opening events, Dean told delegates from Ohio, a battleground state. "There will be plenty of time for that."
It's more important, he said, "to make sure people know who Barack Obama is, who Joe Biden is."