updated 09/05/2008 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/05/2008 AT 2:00 PM ET
The View co-host and well-known Republican enthusiast Elisabeth Hasselbeck spent the day wowing delegates at the Republican National Convention Thursday.
Hasselbeck, 31, served as the official emcee at a luncheon for Cindy McCain just hours before John McCain’s big speech. Hasselbeck also showed off vintage-style “McCain ‘08” T-shirts she designed herself, and spent time on the floor of the convention taping a segment that will air on Monday, Sept. 8, on The View.
“She was a bit of a rock star,” a source tells PEOPLE. “The Republicans were all over her, fawning over her, telling her she was the best, clapping and cheering at her speech at the lunch. She wrote it herself, by the way.”
On the floor of the convention center, Hasselbeck – whose second child, Taylor Thomas, will celebrate his first birthday just days after the November elections – was seen shaking hands with delegates between interviewing Jon Voight, Cindy McCain, Roberta McCain, Stephen Baldwin, Henry Kissinger and Sean Hannity. Fox News Channel’s Hannity was even a lucky recipient of one of her limited-edition T-shirts. “He said it was a little small, but cute. So he kept it,” the source says.
Hasselbeck also scored a one-on-one meeting with the GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Hasselbeck will continue spending time with the McCain family next week when their daughter Meghan is a guest on the show Tuesday. Then on Friday, John and Cindy McCain will sit with Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd on the chat-fest’s couch for an entire show. Their appearance will kick off The View’s “Red, White and View” campaign of programming aimed at getting the vote out in November.