(CNN) – Following the decision to delay the start of GOP convention speeches and events until Tuesday afternoon, the Republican National Committee chairman said Sunday it was "the right thing to do" and confirmed most of Monday's planned events would be folded into the remainder of the week's schedule.
"So far the word is that almost all of it is going to be accommodated into the Tuesday/Wednesday programming and everything is going to move ahead," Reince Priebus said on CNN's "State of the Union."
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"Everything is going to be back to normal on Tuesday," he continued, though he told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley some of the speeches may be shorter than originally planned.
On the program Sunday, Priebus also weighed in on a comment made by presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney on Friday that critics have labeled an apparent swipe at the so-called birther controversy regarding President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship.
Speaking in Michigan, his native state, Romney said Friday: "I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born at Henry Ford Hospital, I was born at Harper Hospital. No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."
Some Democrats quickly pounced on the comment, calling it an inappropriate slam against the president that only fuels claims by those who question where the president was born.
Priebus, however, said people were taking the remark too seriously. Pointing to the fact that Obama himself has poked fun at the "birther" issue, Priebus said the political climate needs to lighten up.
"Have we really gotten to the point where we can't have any levity at all in politics? I mean, we have gotten to a place in politics that is ridiculous, and no one can say anything that is remotely humorous," Priebus said.
The RNC chairman also continued his call for Rep. Todd Akin to drop his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri, saying Akin's decision to stay in the race will hurt the GOP's chance to pick up the much-needed Senate seat this fall.
"I think that it is more difficult. I think that is very clear," Priebus said. "He has time to get out of the race, and he ought to put the mission of liberty and freedom ahead of himself."
Akin sparked an outcry a week ago when he claimed a woman's body is capable of preventing pregnancy during cases of what he called "legitimate rape" - an argument that Priebus labeled "biologically stupid" on Sunday. Following Akin's remark, a large number of top Republicans - including Priebus and Romney - called on the congressman to withdraw his candidacy in the Senate race against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.
On Friday, however, Akin vowed once again to stay in the running.
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