Fresh off learning Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the party's vice presidential nominee, four Republican delegates from York and Chester counties will head north to Minnesota for the GOP convention.
They'll pay tribute to Sen. John McCain, who used his win in the South Carolina primary as a springboard. Delegates talked to The Herald about what they're most excited to see and hear.
• Glenn McCall, Rock Hill
The York County GOP chief and Republican National Committeeman will stay busy in St. Paul speaking about the party's efforts to broaden its base, particularly now that Palin is on the ticket.
"I feel that Governor Palin has a record of accomplishment that Senator Obama simply doesn't have. She has spent her time in office shaking up government while Barack has spent his time in office running for president. She has cut taxes, implemented tough ethics reform and challenged the influence of big oil in Alaska.
"What Sen. McCain is signaling in choosing Governor Palin is putting Washington on notice that he is serious about shaking up the status quo. We are seeing a maverick that has shaken up Washington pick a maverick governor who has shaken up her own state."
• Linda McCall, Rock Hill
Glenn McCall's wife also is active in the party. She felt especially proud of McCain's selection of a female running mate.
"When I saw who he had picked, I was thrilled. In the hairdresser shop yesterday, a lady asked me who I thought he would pick. I thought Mitt Romney or Pawlenty. She surprised me.
"The two issues most important to me are, pro-life and marriage between a man and woman. Everything else to me falls into place under those two issues."
• John Hunter, York
This is Hunter's third Republican convention but first as a delegate.
"I'm a lot more excited than I was (last week). I was afraid he was going to pick (Joe) Lieberman or something. He got this very conservative Christian lady (Palin) -- pro-life, pro-gun, pro-family. He could've done a lot worse.
"The conversation at Rick Warren's church won him a whole lot of votes. He had some good answers there. And he's been doing good since then. I just don't think Obama is prepared to be president.
"We're going to be Middle America. They (Democrats) put a temple up for the Messiah to walk in. We believe in small government, less taxes, man and woman, and people keeping their guns to defend themselves. I think that's going to come through strong."
• Drew Johnson, Chester
This is Johnson's first convention, and also one of the longest drives of his life -- he's driving to St. Paul in the family's Hyundai Sonata. The trip was expected to take about 17 hours.
"I got to meet McCain in Charleston when I was on the Dole campaign (in 1996). I took him back to the airport, that's the first time I got to meet him. I tried to explain to him I was not the one who lost his luggage. He was real easygoing.
"(Of Palin, the vice presidential pick) I'm kind of anxious to meet her and form a stronger opinion at the convention. I like her opinion on drilling very much. She's been very vocal on that. Energy is a big deal right now; we need to go after what we can. It's a little concerning with this hurricane. We'll see what develops with that."