Va. Delegates Take Schedule Changes in Stride
MINNEAPOLIS -- Members of Virginia's delegation to the Republican National Convention said that presumptive presidential nominee John McCain did the right thing by scrapping much of tomorrow's activities due to a hurricane bound for the Gulf Coast.
"The Republican party is the party of life,'' said Jonathan Krive, chairman of the Falls Church City Republican Committee and a convention delegate. "The most important priority for us is to make sure the folks in Louisiana and other states are safe."
Virginians still plan to attend the RNC Delegate Welcome Party scheduled for tonight at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Republican Party of Virginia also will continue to hold its "Arcade Night" welcome party, sponsored by Norfolk Southern, and its delegation breakfast tomorrow morning.
"I think it's appropriate,'' said Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (Prince William), state GOP chairman. "We've got to balance this stuff out. Hundreds of people are here. They can't be stuck in hotels."
Frederick said he is trying to determine how to raise money at the Virginia events for the potential hurricane victims along the Gulf Coast.
Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, chairman of the delegation, called McCain's decision to cancel most activities tomorrow "prudent" and a "natural human reaction." He said some activities should continue but they will likely be more subdued than they would have been before.
"We will do what we need to do,'' he said as he arrived in Minneapolis late Sunday afternoon.
Delegates, alternates and other Virginia delegation guests say they welcome time to spend getting to know each other and learning about different parts of the state.
Tucker Watkins, a delegate from Randolph in the southern part of the state, said he does not think the decision will hurt Republicans in the presidential race because the two big speeches that draw the most attention - speeches by the presidential and vice presidential nominees - always come at the end of the week. By then, the schedule could be returned to normal.
"I don't think it's a huge thing,'' he said.
August 31, 2008; 6:24 PM ET
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