GOP mulling truncated convention; could limit events to roll call and speech

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With Isaac headed toward New Orleans, Republican National Convention officials are considering a number of worst-case scenarios including a quick roll call and a truncated speech by Mitt Romney.

Officials conceded on the record for the first time Monday that plans for an already shortened three-day convention were in doubt. “We’re hoping we go forward with Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,”  said James Davis, communications director for the convention. “We are agile and we can move things around but we’re planning for” a three-day convention.

A senior GOP official said no decision had been made and none was likely Monday, but said the convention conceivably could be as short as a single day.

One of the worst-case scenarios would be Romney delivering a brief speech declaring the emergency is bigger than politics, shuttering the convention and turning the public’s attention to the Gulf Coast.

“That might not be the worst-case scenario” politically for Romney if he’s seen as putting people ahead of politics, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss convention options.

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