Hurricane Gustav Affects Republican Convention

Governor Linda Lingle
Governor Linda Lingle

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Here in Islands, some of Hawaii's Republican Delegates are in Minneapolis or on their way to the Republican Convention. Just like many others, their minds are with those in the gulf coast region.

Unlike the Democratic Convention, there won't be the same hoopla at the Republican Convention. For now the focus is on the safety and welfare for the people in the gulf region.

"Coming from a state that's used to hurricanes like Hawaii, our hearts are with the people in the south right now. The festivities I think will be toned down certainly until we know what the impact is going to be of the hurricane and I think that's rightfully so," said Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle.

More than 75,000 people celebrated the nomination of Barack Obama at the Democratic Convention in Denver. Some Hawaii Republicans believe that once the parties are over, people in the 50th state will concentrate more on what's in store for the future.

"One candidate is really full of rhetoric and one candidate, John McCain who is full of a record. A record of accomplishments a record of reaching across the Isles in order to get business done," said State Representative Adam Deguire.

Although a democratic dominated state, republicans are hopeful the people of Hawaii will listen to what McCain and running mate Sara Palin have planned for their state and the rest of the nation.

"We are a people who pick the person by the issues and by the one who can reach out over across the Isle and I think John McCain is going to appeal to a lot of independents in Hawaii," said State Representative Gene Ward.

"I think the more Hawaii knows John McCain and especially the incredible Governor Sarah Palin, they're going to get very excited about this ticket," said State Representative Kymberly Pine.

Gustav might stop convention celebrations, but not the procedures in nominating John McCain as the next president of the United States.

As required by party rules, delegates will gather to officially open the convention, but there will be no speeches made.