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2004 RNC - New York City: Day 1

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Members of the Texas delegation show off their hats at the convention, which opened with former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) talking about leadership and strength. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Delegates loosen up
Jan Ting, left, and Priscilla Rakestraw dance on opening night of the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Los Angeles Times)
John McCain
Sen. John McCain of Arizona called President Bush “a leader who will keep us moving forward even if it is easier to rest.” (Los Angeles Times)
Rudy Giuliani
“We’ll see an end to global terrorism,” former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani told the crowd. “I can see it. I believe it. I know it will happen.” (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Giuliani and Bloomberg
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, left , and New York Gov. George Pataki shake hands as Pataki’s wife, Elizabeth, waves. (Los Angeles Times)
George and Barbara Bush
Former President George Bush and wife, Barbara, greet the crowd during the opening of the RNC. (Los Angeles Times)
Rudy Giuliani
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani greets delegates. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Pete Wilson
Gerry Parsky shakes hands with former California Governor Pete Wilson after representing California during the roll call. (Los Angeles Times)
Don King
Boxing promoter Don King at the Republican National Convention. (Los Angeles Times)
Dick Cheney
Vice President Dick Cheney greets supporters at the Republican National Convention. (Los Angeles Times)
Michael Bloomberg
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses the crowd. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
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