Boehner Says Convention Plans Day to Day

Posted August 31, 2008 at 2:02pm

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters Sunday that he doubts there will be much of a convention program Monday night and that the rest of the week will be handled on a day-to-day basis.

Boehner also said that the convention will focus on public service and fundraising efforts for the Gulf Coast and that he still hopes Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will be available to speak to the convention Thursday night but that decision has not been made yet.

Convention officials also will be urging all sponsors of parties this week to take part in the public service efforts, Boehner said, noting that more details will be coming later today.

The convention will still be gaveled to order Monday for official business, such as adopting the party platform.

But “it’s doubtful there will be any kind of a program tomorrow night,” Boehner said.

“Our concern is the safety and security of those who live along the Gulf Coast,” he said. “You look at Sen. McCain’s life and history, he’s got a career dedicated to public service and I think the best way that we honor that is to help Americans that are in need.”

Boehner said he still expects that McCain will come to the convention.

“Sen. McCain is going to have to decide what Sen. McCain needs to do. And I am sure that he would love to be here and I’m sure that he hopes the circumstances later this week allow him to be here, but you can’t make that decision on Sunday.”

Boehner also noted that it was hard to talk politics with a major hurricane about to strike.

“It’s kind of hard to talk about the message of the convention or the message of the fall campaign given what we’re dealing with,” he said.