In the first few days of the Republican National Convention, the press concluded most often that the GOP was successfully promoting itself as a centrist and moderate party. Popular speakers like John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Rudy Giuliani were often viewed as more successful than speakers at the Democratic convention. Still, not all media members bought the image of a "new" Grand Old Party, countering with criticisms of the war in Iraq and the President's domestic policy.Most frequent messages 1. The convention is successfully promoting a moderate GOP 2. The GOP just pays lip service to moderates/is just trying to spin Bush's actions 3. Bush is the leader we need to fight the war on terror 4. The protests in New York have been peaceful 5. The GOP is a diverse party/ promotes diversity ----- Based on 36 US newspaper editorials, opinion pieces, and letters appearing August 30-Sept. 2, 2004.Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International.