Republican National Convention to Run Abbreviated Program
Update: here's the RNC convention schedule.
The Republican National Convention will go ahead, but with an abbreviated program, according to RNC chairman Mike Duncan. Rick Davis, John McCain's campaign manager, is saying, "we are deeply concerned about the safety of all our friends and relatives in the Gulf", and "[...]we are looking at the situation as it relates to this convention". He goes on to state that tomorrow's session will open at 3pm and close as soon as possible in order to fulfill the minimum requirements to constitute the convention. The press briefing will begin at noon local time as scheduled.
Also, the RNC has offered to fly Gulf State delegates home to their constituencies, which some have accepted. As reported earlier, President Bush and Vice President Cheney will not be attending.
At a press conference a short time ago, the McCain campaign's Rick Davis and Republican Party Chairman Mike Duncan confirmed that they will proceed with the Convention in abbreviated fashion with only required business - call to order, credentials committee, adopting rules, electing officers and adopting platform - all to end by approximately 5:30 PM local time. Tuesday's schedule has yet-to-be determined due to the unpredictable nature of the storm. Mr. Davis is hopeful that the roll call vote will happen during it's regularly scheduled time and offered the possibility that some of the remaining time could be spent for disaster fund-raising.
A quorum is required to nominate and according to Mike Duncan that needs to be a majority of delegates + 1.
See also DrMarty's opinion piece.
In Mississippi today, McCain said that with Hurricane Gustav bearing down on the Gulf Coast, the GOP convention will change from a party to a call for action, according to the pool report.