U.S. Sen. Richard Burr had his three minutes of fame Monday.
The Winston-Salem Republican spoke for about that long at the Republican National Convention, though he was upstaged by the media's attention to the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.
Considered a smart, hard-working policy wonk by his colleagues, Burr is relatively unknown outside his home state. He's been a supporter of Sen. John McCain's since the early days, but he did not get a prime-time speaking slot or make a short list of potential vice presidents.
Instead, he ws charged with co-chairing the platform committee, a job with long hours and little glamour.
In his speech, he said that the this year's Republican Party was welcoming to Libertarians, Democrats, conservatives, moderates and even liberals.
"We have cohesive principles," he said. "This platform is a testament to the American spirit." (N&O)