Republican National Convention key agenda sidelined due to Hurricane Gustav

September 2nd, 2008 - 12:38 am ICT by David M N James  

Hurricane Gustav has the Republicans radically rethinking their convention this week.

The Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul area on Monday (September 1) is set to kick off with a major focus on hurricane Gustav. The convention will see Senator John McCain accept the Republicans nomination to have him president if they win the elections and floor Barcak Obama of the democrats.

With Sara Palin as the first ever female vice president nominee, the convention will immensely have a lot to tell the Americans in a time when they are faced by fears of uncertain death and a destruction by a hurricane. The Republicans had planned to host a massive show between Sept. 1-4 event in St. Paul, Minnesota.

There are different aspects of the convention which may change due to the expected hurricane since it has become clear over the that Gustav was headed straight for the New Orleans area which is still recovering from 2005’s devastating Hurricane Katrina.

The GOP nominee John McCain has told Americans that “This is a time when we have to do away with our party politics, and we have to act as Americans, We have to join the 300 million other Americans on behalf of our fellow citizens. It’s a time for action. So, we’re going to suspend most of our activities tomorrow, except for those absolutely necessary.”

The theme of the convention is “Country First.” This highly hyped convention will be without some delegates from the Gulf Coast region. Republican Governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Charlie Crist of Florida, Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Rick Perry of Texas will miss the event putting it on the spot. GOP is offering those watching at home information on how to help with relief efforts in the Gulf region.

The Republican national convention ‘day one’ theme is “Service,” day two agenda is “Reform”. a trio of Republican presidential aspirants who conceded defeat to McCain earlier this year: former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, as well as a short-listed vice-presidential name, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge will also make speeches.

Wednesday’s theme is “Prosperity,” and the speakers are slated to include vice-presidential nominee Palin, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (former eBay CEO and McCain national campaign co-chair Meg Whitman, RNC “Victory” Chairwoman and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and McCain’s wife, Cindy. Convention organizers have not yet announced any alterations to their plans for Wednesday.

The republican national convention last agenda is “Peace,” and it will include Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Crist and Kansas Senator Sam Brownback. McCain might deliver his acceptance speech on this day, however events based on Gustav will determine this.

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