ST. PAUL - Mel Martinez made his national debut at the GOP convention in New York 4 years ago -- but was all but ignored in Florida where hurricane weary residents were keeping an anxious eye on yet another storm.
Now with Hanna, Ike and Josephine churning, Martinez, who is to speak tonight, joked that he's hoping for a few viewers in the Sunshine state.
"Everyone was leaving the convention," Martinez said, referring to the Florida convention delegates who began leaving New York in droves ahead of his talk. "I hope for better weather tonight!"
Martinez said he'll speak about "America's place in the world" and McCain's suitability for leading the country.