August 23rd, 2012
02:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans say they'll nominate Romney, despite potential storm

(CNN) - Rain, wind and high water will not prevent Mitt Romney from becoming his party's official presidential nominee next week in Tampa, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee said Thursday as Tropical Storm Isaac churned its way through the Caribbean.

"We do have contingency plans to deal with weather related and other circumstances that may occur to ensure that the business can go on at the RNC and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will become our nominees," RNC communications director Sean Spicer said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

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Spicer said that while the safety of delegates and others attending next week's Republican National Convention was paramount, the actual business of nominating Romney would not be delayed by bad weather.

"There is no such thing as canceling," Spicer said.

"In terms of the business of the RNC, the number one thing is obviously nominating - officially nominating - Mitt Romney as our presidential candidate and Paul Ryan as our vice presidential candidate," Spicer continued. "There are contingency plans in place and rules of the RNC in place that ensure that will always be able to occur."

Isaac's path is far from certain, though some computer models show the storm could pass up through Florida, including Tampa. Other models send it farther west, into the Gulf of Mexico.

The latest forecast map from the National Hurricane Center in Miami shows Isaac passing near the Florida Keys early Monday as a Category 1 hurricane and northwest of Tampa by Monday evening.

The convention is scheduled to begin Monday and extend through Thursday evening, when Romney will officially accept the Republican nomination and deliver his highly anticipated acceptance speech. The convention speech is considered a crucial moment for any presidential nominee because many voters are just beginning to tune in to the presidential election.

The site of next week's Republican National Convention - The Tampa Bay Times Forum – is within the mandatory evacuation zone once storms reach 96 mph or a Category 2 hurricane, according to the Hillsborough County Hurricane Guide. The current forecast doesn't have Isaac reaching that status.

On CNN Thursday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said any decision to cancel next week's convention would be made by the committee charged with organizing the event.

"The decision will be made by the host committee of the convention," Scott said. "The CEO is Bill Harris. His team will be the ones that will make the decision. My job is to help keep them informed."

Harris himself said in a statement Thursday he and his team would "move forward with our planning and look forward to a successful convention."

On Wednesday, Tampa's mayor said his city was prepared for Isaac, including the possibility of calling off the convention festivities.

"Absolutely we're prepared to call it off," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said on CNN. "I mean, human safety and human life trumps politics. I think the RNC recognizes that. The organizers, certainly Gov. Romney recognizes that."

Florida's governor, however, remained confident that next week's Republican confab would continue.

"See you at the convention," Gov. Rick Scott said as he concluded a news conference detailing his state's preparations for Isaac.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republican National Convention
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. papanez

    Far Right Conservative Republican Christians... Do you think God is sending you a message? Just askin'.

    August 23, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. Jeffrey McIntyre

    So, if they cancel, will the taxpayers get their $50m back? Or is that "non-refundable"?

    August 23, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. HeavenSent

    God will intervene to prevent the Mormon from being elected.

    August 23, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Keith A. Sillsbury

    It's pretty BAD when Mother Nature doesn't like your party or you nomination.

    August 23, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    So what's your contingency plan RNC? They say they have one, but give no details. Sort of how Willard Capone doesn't give us details of his tax plan.

    August 23, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "We do have contingency plans to deal with weather related and other circumstances that may occur to ensure that the business can go on at the RNC and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will become our nominees,"
    -------------------------------------------------
    Does that? "contingency plan" include asking local Tampa officials to shelter your convention attendees FIRST over the local residents? Could that possibly be true

    August 23, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Marie MD

    Any Mormon temples in or near Tampa? They can all go hide there Nd lets hope for very high ends just in that are? Thoughts of fhe Wizard of Oz carrying Dorothy and Toto away.

    August 23, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. D. Griffith

    Remember all the conservatives, fundamentalists, and preachers saying hurricane Katrina was God's way of punishing New Orleans for it's sin?
    Well apparently God hates the GOP and especially the heathen Mitt Romney. Using the GOP's own logic, rejection of science, and blind faith in the creator what other conclusion can one draw from this storm?
    DG

    August 23, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Jules

    The GOP better be careful – that hurricane is coming right at their convention and you know what Jerry Falwell said – God isn't happy with you. Hey, maybe that's why Romney has such a slew of misfortunate missteps and GOP goofballs coming out. God just doesn't like what's happening. You'd go along with that, right, Jerry?

    August 23, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Larry L

    Republicans have found the "perfect" candidate! Who else could find a liberal/moderate/conservative/"severely" conservative/pro-choice/pro-life/Mormon/Jewish-lite/Catholic-lite/draft-dodging/chicken-hawk for their leader? Who else could promise low taxes, reduced deficit, huge defense budget, great healthcare w/o costs, cheap gas, 12 million new jobs, and even a new embassy for Israel. Romney wants us to "trust him" regarding his plan (?) to pay for these things but won't show us his tax returns. The folks thrown on the street by Bain Capital "trusted him"...

    August 23, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Keith

    This is a warning from God!

    August 23, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    "On Wednesday, Tampa's mayor said his city was prepared for Isaac, including the possibility of calling off the convention festivities."

    Surely an act of God isn't going to stop Mr. Mittens from finally obtaining the fruits of that amoral idolatry of his which he's spent his entire life buying into and building up? Because for Mitt Romney, accepting the Republican nomination is as far up the ladder as going to get. It would be too funny to have it all come crashing down because of ... well, nature's fury.

    August 23, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "Romney: Energy independence by 2020'

    Energy independence = not having to pay industrial giants $40B per year in blood money subsidies while they report record profits during a massive global recession.

    Until THAT happens, there can be claim of "energy independence." The rest of it, well, Mittens is just blowing smoke at the oil and coal industries and their employees in order to get their votes. His claims are untenable, hollow and iresponsible promises and would have permanent, not just long-term, dire consequences on development of new industries and on the environment...YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS...oh wait, excuse me, ON CERTAIN, PREDICTABLY TARGETTED NEIGHBORHOODS. Had to make that correction...you can go back to not worrying about the enviironment if you live in safe white suburbia.

    August 23, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Today's headline should be about Mittens' payback to the Kochs $400 million in campaign donations with his energy plan and his tax cuts for the wealthy.

    August 23, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. The Other Dale

    But what about the storm promised inside by the Ron Paul people for months and months? Oh, that's right – Paul buckled like the cheap politican he is and is going to end his weak political career being Romney's good little doggie. Roll over and play dead, Ron, it's what you're good at.

    August 23, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Miles

    What is the ironic likely hood of them all being trapped Katrita style and FEMA coming in for the recuse or them all disappearing under the waves... Just a thought.

    August 23, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Jeff--Tacoma

    So does God only send Hurricanes to stop gay parades? or is it possible he’s sending one to stop the convention of Hate? Or maybe it’s just Hurricane season and they go where ever they please. But if it were headed towards the Dem convention…you can bet it would be a sign of God's vengence.

    Be interesting to see how they blame Obama for this.

    August 23, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |