By DAVID ESPO – 25 minutes ago
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — John McCain says Republicans will suspend most of the activities planned for Monday's opening of their national convention because of the threat of Hurricane Gustav.
McCain, who will accept the presidential nomination Thursday night, said only those portions of the program that are absolutely necessary will be held.
His words were beamed via satellite from St. Louis into the convention city, where Republicans are gathering to nominate him for president.
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