Gustav Effects on Houston Republican Delegates

Houston area delegates at the Republican National Convention have had their schedules changed with the arrival of Hurricane Gustav. Jodi Breisler reports from St. Paul, Minnesota.

Republican leaders determined it would be inappropriate to have a political program on Monday night while the hurricane threatened. First Lady Laura Bush's speech was canceled. She had already flown into the Twin Cities. So she spoke to the Texas delegation at their breakfast meeting instead.

"People have come from all over the country to the convention and I know people are disappointed that we won't get to have the great programs tonight and maybe some more nights. We don't know, we'll have to see, I guess they'll make a decision day by day. But everyone understands."

Texas Senator John Cornyn had been scheduled to address the delegation later in the week. Instead he was fit into a Monday morning slot. That's so Cornyn could return home where he says he's needed more urgently.

"There may be things I can do. And certainly I'll be at the state operations center in Austin. I'm going to be probably traveling with Governor Perry to see what it is we can do and to make sure that we are able to respond quickly. I wouldn't be able to do that up here."

Houston Delegate Chris Daniel says shortening the first day of the convention was the right thing to do.

"At the end of the day, we can get our job done in a matter of hours as far as ratifying the platform and nominating who's going to be President and Vice-President for our party. And then we can deal with the human interest. Cause that's what we're here for- we are public servants."

The platform includes a call for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve and a commitment to a pro-life position.

From Capitol News Connection, Jodi Breisler, KUHF-Houston Public Radio