ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. — California delegates who have gathered here for the Republican National Convention  were unfazed by the cancellation of Monday’s events, saying that safety must be the first priority.

“So it’s official, official-official. They’re canceling Monday,” an aide announced Saturday as she read from her iPad in the lobby of the Tradewinds Island Resort, where California’s delegation is staying during the convention.

“I’m fine with that, whatever they decide,” said Diane McGlinchey, an alternate delegate from Huntington Beach. She added that the convention’s main purpose – the official nomination of Mitt Romney and Paul D. Ryan – was “inevitable.”

“I’m just excited to have Romney and Ryan on the ticket,” said the retiree. “Whether they do it Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, it will be fine.”

-- Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times 

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