Republican leaders told nearly 2,000 people gathered in Columbus Saturday for the state convention, that for the party to successful they were going to have to return the values that got them elected in the first place.
"I am in a unique position," Gov. Sonny Perdue told the delegates, "I don't have to run for re-election again. I am not asking my Republican colleagues to make decisions that will cost them votes."
Perdue urged Republican elected officials to "do things that will give the the confidence to support us again in November."
He warned "that we are governing for the next generation, not the next news cycle." And that the voters were smart enough that would not be fooled by gimmicks.
Perdue was not the only politician to take the stage Saturday at the Columbus Civic Center. Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, who hopes to replace Perdue in two years when the governor's term expires, put down the foundation of his campaign.
"I am calling for the states to join together in a constitution convention to adopt the Fair Tax," Oxendine said. "If congress won't do it, the people in the states will do it."
The business of the day for the Republicans was to finish electing delegates to the national convention in Minneapolis. Muscogee County Republican Party Chairman Josh McKoon was selected.
Columbus car dealer Bill Heard III was picked as an alternate. Former Muscogee County Republican Party Chairman Rob Doll was selected as a delegate about a month ago on the district level.
The local delegates will support presumptive presidential nominee John McCain.
A good portion of the convention Saturday was spent shoring up support for McCain, who lost the Georgia Republican primary to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
"John McCain might not have been the first choice of many people in this room, but he is a greater American than most of us," said state GOP Chairperson Sue Everhart.
She referred to McCain's military service and his years as Prisoner of War in Vietnam.
"John McCain is kind of like Jesus Christ on the cross," Everhart said. "He never denounced God either."
Everhart said she was not comparing McCain to Christ, but "I am looking at the pain that was there."