The Republicans' likely presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, met with state officials Sunday for a briefing about Hurricane Gustav.
Their trip comes as delegates are preparing for the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday in St. Paul, Minnesota.
McCain says his campaign is making changes in the Republican Convention program because of Hurricane Gustav.
"I pledge that tomorrow night and if necessary throughout our convention, we will act as Americans and not as Republicans because America needs us now," said McCain. "No matter what we are, Republican or Democrat, America needs us to do what all Americans have always done in times of disaster and challenge."
The convention is chartering a DC-9 plane from St. Paul for any delegates from Louisiana and Mississippi who want to return home, Republican officials said.