Bush unlikely to go to GOP convention on Monday

By Andrew McLemore
Sunday, August 31, 2008 9:38 EDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it is unlikely that President Bush will attend the Republican National Convention on Monday as scheduled because of concerns about Hurricane Gustav.

The convention schedule has the president set to speak late Monday night in St. Paul, Minn. But those plans appear to be on hold because of the monster storm that could make landfall along the Gulf Coast as early as Monday.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino says it is unlikely right now that Bush will go to Minnesota on Monday. She says alternate plans are being prepared.

The White House was likely to confirm Bush’s plans later Sunday. That could mean possible travel to the Gulf Coast and perhaps speaking to the convention by video.

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