GOP getting ready to open convention Monday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - With the Republican convention set to open Monday in St. Paul, Minnesota, John McCain and party officials are concerned whether the convention should go on as scheduled if Hurricane Gustav strikes the Gulf Coast as expected.

Gulf state governors could decide to remain at home if the storm threatens to bring serious damage. It could also affect Monday's opening-night address by President Bush. Gustav's projected path suggests it will make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday along Louisiana's central coast.

McCain, in an interview taped for "Fox News Sunday," says it wouldn't be appropriate to have a festive occasion during a natural disaster. He says they're monitoring the situation day to day. McCain says he's saying a few prayers, too.

He and newly named running mate Sarah Palin (PAY'-lin) campaigned today in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

Democratic nominee Barack Obama says he phoned Palin yesterday to wish her luck, but, quote, "Not too much."

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