BREAKING: GOP delays start of convention until Tuesday
August 25th, 2012
06:44 PM ET
2 years ago

BREAKING: GOP delays start of convention until Tuesday

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The Republican National Convention has cancelled the program's first day due to Tropical Storm Isaac, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced Saturday.

The convention will convene on Monday and then immediately recess until the following afternoon, Priebus said in a statement.

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"Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th," Priebus said. "After consulting with Governor Scott, NOAA and local emergency management officials, we are optimistic that we will begin an exciting, robust convention that will nominate the Romney-Ryan ticket."

Vice President Joe Biden had announced plans to campaign in Tampa on Monday and elsewhere on Florida on Tuesday. On Friday evening, the Obama-Biden campaign cancelled his Monday events, and Saturday, the campaign announced cancellation of his Tuesday plans.

GOP officials expect 50,000 people to attend the convention where Mitt Romney will officially accept his party's presidential nomination and make the final turn to the November election.

The delay was brought about because Isaac is expected to be west of Tampa in the Gulf of Mexico early Monday morning – the first day of the weeklong event.

Isaac was forecast to bring rain and wind to the Tampa area on Monday and Tuesday and was expected to increase in intensity and become either a Category 1 or 2 hurricane as it passed west of Tampa in the Gulf of Mexico.

Before the RNC announcement, Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott announced that he was cancelling his activities at the convention but would remain in Tampa to monitor and coordinate the state's response to the storm.

Wind gusts in Tampa were recorded at 30 mph on Saturday afternoon.

As the convention and storm approached, RNC and government officials stressed their preparedness. "I declared a state of emergency for the state of Florida," Scott told reporters Saturday morning. "That's standard protocol to make sure we can coordinate our efforts with federal, state, and local so we can have the proper response."

On CNN's "Starting Point" Thursday, RNC communications director Sean Spicer said the convention had "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."

Officials were speaking with and distributing pamphlets to delegates and other guests as they checked into the over 15,000 area hotel rooms which had been booked, and encouraged those for whom this would be their first hurricane to be careful.

On Saturday afternoon, the storm had sustained winds of 60 mph with 70 mph gusts.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republican National Convention
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Lori

    Uh-oh God's mad at the Republicans

    August 25, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. lavas12

    Hmm, too bad, hoped they'd all get washed out to sea....

    August 25, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  3. Sue

    So instead of a bunch of hot air out of the republicans, the city of Tampa will have a lot high winds to deal with this coming Monday. Too bad the fools couldn't have checked past weather reports and planned their convention somewhere that didn't have a hurricane season. (but then it's a bit much to ask republicans to look ahead or beyond their own wants) Not too bright, folks.

    August 25, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  4. Ike

    Even nature abhors GOP

    August 25, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. Bryan Micon

    The CIA needs more time to plant the IED's.

    August 25, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  6. Kareen

    If this would be the DEms convention, I am sure someone would come up with the idea that this is God's punishment.

    August 25, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  7. Meki60

    are the Dems having a convention? with Obama and Biden, why have it? okay, I guess its a money maker, but better make sure the EBT card readers are actiive or most of the guests will not be admitted. Boy, I'm glad I will not be there.

    August 25, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  8. Jamie Gammon

    Oh well, who cares to hear a bunch of no brainers anyways. They don't care about middle class American, and most of the campaign donations come from millionaire, and billionaires. Just that says everything about them. If we elect Romney president, there will end up being civil war.

    August 25, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. Disgusted

    Think about it. GOVERNMENT officials and employees are working to assure the safety of Republican conventioneers who are hell-bent on ridding government of its employees.

    August 25, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  10. Dont matter

    If there was ever a sign that the Romny Ryan ticket was a mistake, this is certainly it.

    August 25, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. LWK

    Well, let's see–If I were to use the logic espoused by so many high-profile Republicans over the years, I would say God is rebuking the party for their platforms and current direction. Just sayin' . . .

    August 25, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. Rick1948

    Why don't they ring up their God and get him to send the hurricane somewhere else?

    August 25, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  13. Matthew Jones

    Republicans, is this a sign from God?

    August 25, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  14. impact09

    And the Lord sent a great pillar of water and wind over the Republicanites to punish them for their wickedness, and the evil they have doneth.

    August 25, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  15. 0rangeW3dge

    It's ok, they've been "conventioning" all over the place for the last year already,,, it would nice to not have to listen to them for a while....

    August 25, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  16. jerrymcm1970

    Where is Pat Robertson? Doesn't this mean God hates Republicans?

    August 25, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Is this what they call "DEVINE INTERVENTION"?

    August 25, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  18. A funny idea

    What if the remaining delegates formerly with the other candidates went to the convention and announced some one else other than Mitt Romney as the Presidential candidate, if his delegates don't come in large enough numbers? :P

    Imagine what will happen, if a non-elected candidate is chosen by plurality rather than party leadership. It's a Republic, not a democracy, everyone had the chance to vote, just not enough people showed up, hehe.

    August 25, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  19. Graham Krueger

    Personally I'd have declared the state of emergency once Ryan was on the ticket, but the governor's courage in the face of a deadly political storm is... amusing:)

    August 25, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  20. Bran

    Sounds like the Republicans are really taking the election by storm!

    August 25, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  21. faxurtz

    DIVINE intervention ????

    August 25, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  22. Ri

    God has spoken.

    August 25, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  23. Eli

    What has Pat Robertson had to say about this?

    August 25, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  24. lewtwo

    to the Tea Party ... welcome to florida ... please head for the beach as soon as possible.

    August 25, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  25. Patty Robertson

    This is a message from our Lord that HE wants the GOP to lose again!

    August 25, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
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