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August 18, 2008

Coleman would skip convention, if he could

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) doesn’t have much of a choice in attending the Republican National Convention next month. After all, as mayor of St. Paul in the 1990s, he led efforts to build the arena where the convention is being held.

But that’s really the only reason he’ll be there, according to an interview with Minnesota Public Radio.

Coleman says convention attendance is a simple election-year decision for many Senators who are facing tough re-election battles.

"So I think those who come here will have an extraordinary time," Coleman said." But the colleagues who don't come are staying at home only because they have tough races. If the convention wasn't in St. Paul, I wouldn't be at the convention."

Coleman is the only senator facing a tough re-election bid who will definitely be attending the GOP convention.  Sens. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and John Sununu of New Hampshire haven't announced their convention week plans yet.

UPDATE: Wicker's campaign spokesman e-mailed Politico to confirm that he will be attending the convention.