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.


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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. JDinHouston

    Wake up Republicans, God clearly is telling you he's not happy with you.

    August 25, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Rob

    The GOP is so hated that even God/Mother Nature are trying to take them out.

    August 25, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Heffulumps

    See- even God hates haters. Looks like he asked Mother Nature to do her thing.

    August 25, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. David Miller

    Earth reacting to the thought of, "President Romney".

    August 25, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    An hour or two ago the Republican front was all sunshine and lolipops about the storm approaching. Kind of like they could control and spin reality. Too bad the rest of us knew that the storm could present problems. We who are grounded in reality, that is.

    August 25, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. NFL1

    So, they won't feel the full brunt of God's wrath, and give them a LOT more time to spend in the local brothels and dance clubs!!

    August 25, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. artraveler

    GOP, getting the idea that God isn't too happy with the perversion of his Word by your members while using Her name to justify the mistreatment of the "least of your brethen"?

    August 25, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Sindy

    Maybe it's a sign from God showing his displeasure with Romney and the Republicans. ;-)

    August 25, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. S.positive

    wonder how many republians would have said this is a God's sign against the Democrats if it had been the D's convention???????????????

    August 25, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Annie

    Oh BOO HOO! Who was the moron that picked Tampa this time of the year? Must have been a Dem. in disguise. I love it! Suck it up Big Love and your evil cult. Not very good at predicting the future, are you, dummy? GOP convention=Disaster!

    August 25, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. retief1954

    Calling Pat Robertson and Associates: ... is this a Sign from God that God disapproves of Republicans???

    August 25, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. John

    Talk about instant karma!

    August 25, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Mike

    Monday wasn't going to be on prime time TV anyway. One more day for Issac and Todd to pass.

    August 25, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Elmer P

    Are you sure it wasn't that all networks were snubbing the convention on Monday to play their hit series? Hahahaha, nice try GOP. Nobody is going to watch Tuesday either.

    August 25, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. allenwoll

    Just drop it ! ! !

    August 25, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. nolimits3333

    God is angry that they are nominating a Mormon.

    August 25, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Robert

    Even God is against the GOP.

    August 25, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. Rickapolis

    Maybe God is punishing them for their sins.

    August 25, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. caesarbc

    God is obviously not on the side of the GOP.

    August 25, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. gmenfan54

    The Republican National Convention events have been moved to a Chick-Fil-A.

    August 25, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. David

    With God all thinks are possible.

    August 25, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. Chee

    Even God does not like this nomination.

    August 25, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. Tammy lambert chandler az

    What is the electricity goes out as convention. How will they know if it was actually the storm that caused it. They probabaly wouldnt.

    August 25, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Cody

    Republicans should take notice that even Mother Nature thinks that their persistent lies are objectionable. Rmoney and Ruin are not a good choice.

    August 25, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. ed

    Don't Delay it! It's just God flying in for the convention! What? Did you think he was coming in on Delta?

    August 25, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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