Highlights: Day Three

What does it say about a political convention on the third night when the angriest and strongest words come not from the vice presidential nominee but a senator from the opposing party?

Read Sen. Zell Miller's speech or, better, watch the video and see what you think. Miller is a Democrat from Georgia who is retiring this year but who has long been a supporter of President Bush's way of thinking.

While you're at it, check out the speech of the man who ended the night, Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney praised his boss, bashed his opponents and did his best to rouse the Republican delegates.

Cheney didn't mention his lesbian daughter or his views on gay marriage, which differ from Bush's. Cheney should probably steer clear of Alan Keyes, a Republican candidate for Senate in Illinois, who said Mary Cheney was a sinner.

Gay marriage is one issue that hangs over this convention. Republicans adopted a platform that called for a constitutional amendment making sure marriage remains an institution between a man and a woman. And Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney spoke to the delegates about the dangers of "activist judges."

Wonder what Democrats think of Cheney? Well, they said Wednesday that Cheney personified the Bush administration's cozy relationship with big business.

And what about Bush? The president arrived in New York City late Wednesday — too late to appear by video when the convention formally nominated him — and met with firefighters. Bush, of course, gives his big speech Thursday night.

Bush is often applauded by his supporters for being a man of faith. FOX's Kelley Beaucar Vlahos took a closer look at how his religious beliefs have influenced his time in the White House.

As at every convention, members of Congress speak to the delegates — Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was one who stood at the podium Wednesday — and usually party leaders get plum spots. But House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senate President Bill Frist got relatively minor on-stage roles.

Speaking of Congress, 2004 is the 10th anniversary of the election that changed the partisan lineup of Washington, giving Republicans control of the House and Senate for the first time in decades. Republicans ran on the "Contract for America." Whatever happened to that?

And speaking of the Contract for America, most Republicans would give partial credit for its ultimate success to Ronald Reagan who helped set a tone during his eight years in office. Reagan's son Michael spoke to the convention Wednesday and presented a video tape in honor of his dad, who died this year.

On the protest front, a symbolic unemployment line snaked all the way from Wall Street to Madison Square Garden. Activists infiltrated the convention floor and disrupted a gathering of GOP youth. And protesters staged a protest at the site where cops were keeping the protesters who had been arrested. Got that?

While not officially a protest, some Republicans are speaking out against their party's positions on civil liberties. FOX's Peter Brownfeld interviewed some who cautioned that an intraparty squabble was brewing.

Kerry broke from tradition, where the opposing party's candidate lays low during the rival convention week, and made a harsh assessment of Bush's foreign and military policy.

The Democratic #2, John Edwards, talked to unemployed factory workers in Pennsyvlania. And the Kerry-Edwards campaign laid out what their post-Labor Day ad buy would be.

Finally, in case you've missed the first two nights of the convention, check out these highlight pages: Monday and Tuesday.