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ST. PAUL - Between a dozen and two dozen speakers took to the podium each of the last three nights of the Republican National Convention, each trying to leave at least one quote in delegates' minds.


Some succeeded. Some didn't.

"You better look for the sun to rise from the west because it is going to shine from Arizona to Alaska," former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said, referring to the home states of the GOP ticket of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin.

Many of the speakers talked about Palin, who inserted needed energy into the St. Paul convention.

"She got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for present of the United States," ex-presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said, comparing Palin to the Democratic vice presidential candidate.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani delivered one of the most rousing speeches.

"He is the least experienced candidate for president in at least the last 100 years," Giuliani said about Democrat Barack Obama. "Not a personal attack, just a statement of fact. Barack Obama has not led anything. Nothing. Nada."

And Obama has a history of changing his mind, the former mayor added: "If I were Joe Biden, I would want to get that VP thing in writing."

Palin herself wowed the convention, especially when talking about her frugality:

"That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay. I also drive myself to work. And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef -- although I've got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her."

And then there was Minnesota U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, speaking in the middle of the city where he once was mayor.

"Welcome to Pigs Eye," he said before explaining that was the original name of St. Paul.