SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- When the Republican convention opens in St. Paul, Minnesota, Monday night, its prime-time lineup could be missing one of its biggest draws: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He's vowing to remain in California if lawmakers fail to reach agreement on a state budget, now two months overdue.
A budget deal by showtime seems unlikely at this point, potentially costing Schwarzenegger a national platform and John McCain a high-profile supporter.
Schwarzenegger's absence also would be a letdown for the TV networks, which would lose one of the most high-profile figures on the convention's opening night. Other speakers scheduled for Monday include President Bush, Vice President Cheney and numerous members of Congress.
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