August 31st, 2008
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McCain: Some activities to be suspended

McCain said most of Monday's events will be canceled.

McCain said most of Monday's events will be canceled.

caption="McCain addressed Republican delegates Sunday."]St. Paul (CNN) – Sen. John McCain said the Republican National Convention will suspend most of the activities scheduled Monday because of Hurricane Gustav.

“We’ll pray for the best and prepare for the worst,” the presumptive Republican presidential candidate said Sunday, quoting Gulf Coast Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

Campaign manager Rick Davis said Republicans would meet in an abbreviated fashion, conducting only what was necessary to constitute a convention, such as calling the convention to order, receiving a report from the credentials committee and adopting the party platform.

“Tomorrow’s program will be business only and will refrain from any political rhetoric,” he said.

The convention will begin at its regularly scheduled time, 3 p.m. CT. Davis said the convention would adjourn around 5 or 5:30 PM.

The GOP’s four-day program was originally scheduled to begin Monday in St. Paul, Minnesota. Davis said the rest of the week would be determined on a day-by-day basis.

Earlier Sunday, Sen. John McCain said it wouldn't be appropriate to hold a political celebration during the storm.

"We must redirect our efforts from the really celebratory event of the nomination of president and vice president of our party to acting as all Americans," he said, adding that it was likely the event would change into a "call to the nation for action."

"I pledge that tomorrow night, and if necessary, throughout our convention ... to act as Americans, not Republicans, because America needs us now no matter whether we are Republican or Democrat," he said.

Also on Sunday, the White House announced that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would not be in attendance.

UPDATE: John McCain will attend some small events Monday in Pennsylvania, a senior aide tells CNN. The aide, though, notes that McCain doesn’t “have a really busy day” as he keeps a close eye on Hurricane Gustav.

The senior aide also said that the campaign has asked the state parties “to be all very respectful” given the situation and to help raise money for various relief agencies.

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  1. LastAmerican

    I was wondering when the idiot dems would respond to this. I am surprised they did not blame the storm on Bush, that somehow he created it to make him look good. The liberals would never say anything good about Republicans, no matter what. Bush is responding because he now understands his priorities, and so does McCain. If this was the dems, their convention would have went a\on, will all the pompus fanfare and would have blamed Bush for using military action to create the storm. What is sure, is that the dems that respond in the negative, always, are the are the same braindead people who voting for Obama.

    Bush, no matter what you feel everyday, every minute, with liberals who can never say anything good about you, who probably have a tremendous amount to be thankful for, they are at least 60 million in this country who appreciate you, and appreciate the fact that I and my family, and my neighbors have not been blown to pieces from terrorists.

    May God give you the strength to continue to protect us, take care of the storm victims, and this country in this time of need, no matter how much the liberal media and the the other braindead millions who spend their days bashing our Commander-In-Chief, because they sit on their big fat butts, in their big cars and homes complaining.

    By the way, I can't even afford a home, and I can't make a single paycheck stretch to the next one, but this is not your fault, we, as the people of American have forgotten how to be responsible for our neighbors, and use the government as a scapegoat for all our problems.

    The Last American, who still loves this country...

    August 31, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Jeff

    Ok, so McCain is "political" for postponing the RNC, but then you would say he is putting politics before his fellow citizens if he didn't cancel the RNC. What's he supposed to do? Maybe he should have promised ice cream for everyone like Barry O did at his little speech last Thursday. You Obama libs are hilarious. I've never seen such a big group of whiners in my life.

    August 31, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. andrew

    seriously people? For what ever reason he has done it, he has chosen to do the right thing. You folks might hate republicans and think they are evil, but admit it. It was the right thing to do. Does your boy Obama do the right thing? Did he truly try to find away to count Florida and Michigans delegates when it actually mattered if they did? Has he taken to a new style of campaigning? Why hasn't he worked for town hall debates like he said he would? Did he admit the " surge " in Iraq was working when it was with out a doubt doing so or did he choose to keep saying it wasn't, not encouraging are troops? Did he stay committed to campaign finance reform as he said he would? Did he choose Hillary? or did he treat her like dirt? Simple questions

    Guess what folks you have been fooled. The man you picked, who ran on a new type politics and that he was not a politician , is exactly what you hate. He is the same old politcian through and through, just really good at it.

    New type of politics = McCain ( with a record of working for reform ) and Palin ( with a record of working for reform, though yes a short record )

    No change = Obama ( a man who says he is about change, a new type of politics but has run his campaign like and old fashion politician with no real record of bringing change) and Biden ( a veteran like McCain but his record shows no reform, no working with the other side )

    Not saying you have to like the republicans but you have to admit you have been suckered by your guy. And my Guy just did the right thing.

    August 31, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Cindy

    For the comment about McCain chartering his delegates a plane to Louisiana, it was to PICK UP THEIR FAMILIES AND BRING THEM BACK – did you understand that Aliou or do I need to write it in French?

    August 31, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. You People Need to Get Over Yourselves

    I must say, I am truly sicked by the degree of cynicism from which a number of people commenting on this story appear to be suffering. It must be eating them alive alive. I mean, we are on the verge of a national tragedy and all they can do is to revert back to counterproductive, political name calling. Barack Obama is supposed to represent Americans moving beyond this type of corrosive cynicism.

    So, suppose that "McCain and co." are doing this for show. Is there really anything that they could do that wouldn't cause you to indulge in petty skepticism? No matter what the Republicans do, none you will be satisfied. Imagine what you would be saying if McCain decided to have the Republican convention as scheduled; I can just image the snarky comments and trashing talking that would go on. I recommend a large dose of what you Dr. Obama has been prescribing: rising above cynicism and partisanship to confront serious threats to our country as AMERICANS. You people need to get over yourselves... seriously.

    August 31, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Murph

    He offered the planes for the delegates who wanted to go back to their homes...he didnt send or force them to go. Amazing how libs can try to spin anything.

    August 31, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Donald Davenport

    Why is CNN giving John McCain and Rich Davis so much air time about suspending the Republican convention in advance of a hurricane that might strike the Gulf Coast? A simple one minute announcement could be given instead of making the Republicans look presidential-looking in the face of a potential disaster. The time should be given to current government officials and weather experts instead of making it look like they are the only good guys worrying about the American people.

    August 31, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. McWho?

    God and Gustav are trying to tell you something....we'll have our say November 4, how no way NO McCain...right now though all of our prayers go out to those fellow Americans who will feel the impact of this force of destruction, i mean the storm as opposed to the GOP... God Bless you all and God speed

    August 31, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. NClaw441

    McCain makes a gesture not to politicize Hurricane Gustav, and the libs here politicize THAT!!

    As for Palin, she has more experience, by a long shot, than Obama, and she is only running for VP. If the worst were to happen and McCain were to die in office, wouldn't Palin get to choose a VP, just as Obama has done? She would not be on her own.

    Finally, if anyone is politicizing Gustav, it is Obama and Biden, who have no valid interest in the issue. Neither is from New Orleans, and neither has any experience at FEMA. It is they who are pandering.

    August 31, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. al/Alabama

    The RNC will use any excuse to cancel their convention because they know that nothing McCain says will deliver like Obama's speech did.

    August 31, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. BlackMan4Mac

    And again, where is obambi ??? Serving self interest again ??? Just like he was when he skipped the BLACK STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 2008 in New Orleans. Just like he skipped the MLK DAY in Memphis. Now can my fellow Black Americans see who this guy really is ???

    President John McCain 2008 !!!

    And I was never even in the military, but I just have much more common sense than the average joe. Do you really need a college degree to see right though a farce ??? No. You need common sense. And let me tell you first hand, you can only learn that from one !!!

    Obambi is that used care salesman, with a lot full of lemons...ON STEROIDS !!!

    August 31, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Javid Radfar

    These Obama supporters have no shame. Your fellow citizens are in need and all McCain says is get together and help our poeple. You guys use this opportunity to make a political jab against McCain?
    If this is the attitude of you people, I really hope Obama goes down the drain on the election day.
    Shame on you indeed!

    August 31, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. lawrence

    Quite the irony...the RNC was praying for rain during the DNC convention!!!

    August 31, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Weary of the baloney

    The REAL Americans are the ones who have made trips down to New Orleans and the Mississippi Coast (on their vacation time) to help residents clean up and rebuild or relocate. If it weren't for churches (across the theological spectrum), rebuilding would be far behind where it is. The Bush administration has been largely unhelpful on the clean-up/rebuild. As one person who has gone to Lakeview, Gentilly and E. New Orleans to help homeowners, I am heartsick at the thought of similar damage being done again, and praying for the residents there. It is hard to understand what these folks went through unless you have a chance to hear their stories firsthand. And it's incredibly hard to think about it happening all over again.

    Perhaps it is time to rethink which parts of the City ought to be rebuilt. If storms like this are going to happen every three years, then maybe the "buildable" parts of the City need to be above sea level and buffered by the (now filled in) wetlands.

    August 31, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Texans for Obama

    To all of you people on this blog who do not have good judgement and believe Palin has the experince to lead this country if anything happens to McCain are not being truthful.

    McCain has put the lives of all americans in danger by picking an unqualified woman on his ticket. He is 72 yrs and and has suffered from cancer. He may not make the 4 yrs. This woman is going to lead this country and become the commander and chief.? I really don't believe the American peole are this stupid.

    I am really scared for America, and its future. Obama does have more experince this this woman. Who is she ? Most of the people have never heard of her? I am from Washington state and I have heard is she is being investigated. Like Charles Barkley said,and I agree. " I have never heard of this woman Palin but I know she is in trouble".

    We women are not stupid, she is no Hillary Clinton!. She will not get my vote!

    August 31, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Republicans Hate America

    McCain just cancel your campaign all together you tool

    To NClaw411 – Just because Alaska is so close to Russia does not give Palin foreign policy experience. Neither is attending a few PTA meetings before becoming a governor that is not even 2 years old. Why all of a sudden does experience not matter anymore to you right wing tools?

    I will take a good speaker with good ideas any day before I take a lousy speaker with no ideas.

    August 31, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Puma-SF

    McCain-Palin in 2008!! Experience you can believe in.

    August 31, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Anthony Smith

    Of course, the Republican hypocrits are going to use this tragedy to their advantage. Why wasn't McCain's response to Katrina so URGENT? The only way that this Convention would have been better than the Democrats would have been for Jesus to descend from the clouds with a flask of wine and some fish for the partygoers. If that doesn't happen...BORING!!!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    August 31, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Republicans Hate America

    Republicans politicize everything. they use the conservative media as their tool of propaganda as if they care the GOP are no different the fascism.

    August 31, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. robin

    what do u think obama is doing talking to homeland security its the same thing BOTH men just want to get elected ok people. obamas also peandering to people what can he really do ? nothing cause hes not in charge so its just smoke and mirrors. just like asking people to donate to the relief efforts smoke and mirrors. same with mccain hes not the presedent so he cant do anything either.

    August 31, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. sandiegoindependent

    The hurricane works for McSame. His blunder for a VP choice can sneak into the race without standing up and making a complete fool of herself. This will happen in her debate. What worries me is the report they are going to speak FROM the storm area. How stupid. McSame is NOT the president and will only get in the way. John, Go home, have a birthday party, invite George and eat cake and leave the real work to the people who have been hire to do it.

    August 31, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Obama08:white, 60 yr old woman

    McCain IS politicizing Gustav with his useless visit to an evacuation site as if that makes a different, his constant media getting attention of his silly announcements all day and now claiming he is the one who wants NOT to politicize it. You people just fall for his BS all the time.

    Obama is being a true leader by constantly keeping in touch with the people on the ground, letting the commanders do their work and standing prepared to give them whatever they ask for to be successful.He was also the forst one to call for bipartisan support.

    August 31, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. What?

    CONTINUED EXPERIENCE.........WHO DIDN’T KNOW? The July firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan by Gov. Sarah Palin, who was announced as John McCain's running mate on Friday, has unearthed a stream of soap-opera-like details about Palin, her husband, her family and top state appointees. The controversy has also cut against Palin's reputation for holding an ethical line and standing up to colleagues in the Republican Party over matters of principle. Monegan, 57, a respected former chief of the Anchorage Police Department, said in an interview with The Washington Post's James V. Grimaldi on Friday that the governor repeatedly brought up the topic of her ex-brother-in-law, Michael Wooten, after Monegan became the state's commissioner of public safety in December 2006. Palin's husband, Todd, met with Monegan and presented a dossier of information about Wooten, who was going through a bitter custody battle with Palin's sister, Molly. Monegan also said Sarah Palin sent him e-mails on the subject, but Monegan declined to disclose them, saying he planned to give them to a legislative investigator looking into the matter. Palin initially denied that she or anyone in her administration had ever pressured Monegan to fire the trooper, but this summer acknowledged more than a half a dozen contacts over the matter, including one phone call from a Palin administration official to a state police lieutenant. The call was recorded and was released by Palin's office this month. Todd Palin told a television reporter in Alaska that he did meet with Monegan, but said he was just "informing" Monegan about the issue, not exerting pressure.

    EXPERIENCED IN WHAT?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. gm

    May God be with all the people od Loisinia and any other cities/sates that may be effected by this terrible storm. To all the people who will have to stay during the storm: the sick, the firefeighters, the police, the volunteers, doctors, nurses, and all others please be safe and know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many people Be safe and know that you are cared about.

    August 31, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Republicans Hate America

    Ollie Member of PUMA - McCain was having birthday cake with Bush during Katrina that is a fact look it up. This has nothing to do with Obama supporters and everything to do with how phony republicans are.

    August 31, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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