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Republicans trim down convention for storm

- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Republicans are making plans to convert their usual quadrennial celebration into a bare-bones affair in deference to the hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast.

"We are making plans on a day-by-day basis," said Rick Davis, campaign manager for Sen. John McCain. But tomorrow, he said, the Republican National Convention will meet for only two hours in the afternoon and will not go into television prime time as has been traditional.

"Business only" is what will transpire here in St. Paul, Davis said. He declined to predict how the convention will proceed thereafter.

"We will begin tomorrow's session in an abbreviated fashion," Davis said, "to make sure that nothing we do detracts from the activities in the Gulf. "

The convention will also help with "charitable fundraisers" to raise money to help victims of Hurricane Gustav.