Tropical storm Isaac prompts Republicans to cancel first day of national convention
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Uncertain over the course and strength of an approaching tropical storm, Republican officials essentially canceled the first day of their national convention.
Instead of a full session Monday, the organizers will have a brief pro forma meeting, then reconvene, they hope, on Tuesday, when the threat from tropical storm Isaac can be more clearly assessed.
Reince Priebus, the GOP's national chairman, said they hoped to be able to decide as soon as Sunday on the remaining schedule for the long-planned event, which was to have run from Monday to Thursday. At this point, organizers tentatively plan to have the roll call of the states that will formally award the GOP nomination to Mitt Romney on Tuesday. Details of how they will fit previously slotted speakers into the truncated schedule are still being worked out.
The storm, now over the Caribbean, is expected to hit the Tampa region Monday bringing heavy rains and strong winds.
First Published August 25, 2012 7:44 pm