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. ManTex

    I am thinking it is a sign from God. Perhaps they should take heed!!!

    August 25, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Great Conservative

    Great start GOP. Let's keep it up..............

    August 25, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. Less than 100 days

    "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."

    What a pity. Mitt and company could have used Biden's countless gaffes to good advantage.

    August 25, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. Chris Christies little Dick

    They should all gather there and let the hurricane blast those loonies to wonderland where they cant poison the country with their stupid agendas

    August 25, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. beevee

    It is an ominous sign of what will happen under GOP leadership. stormy economy.

    August 25, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Pepou

    God is not on their side... I will become religious again.

    August 25, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Nicko

    Global warming 1. GOP 0

    August 25, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. G

    Where's Pat Robertson telling us this is a sign from God?

    August 25, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Maybe this is the beginning of bad news for the GOP.

    August 25, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. Kurt

    The Lord will prevail

    August 25, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. Donkey Party

    God's way of showing his disdain for Republicans.

    August 25, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. WhackyWaco

    A wise move on their part.

    August 25, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. B.V. Archimboldi

    God Has Spoken

    August 25, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. A Little R & R Not Good

    What Mitt could not buy the weather to get his way?

    Maybe god wants him to release his tax records and is showing it.....

    August 25, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. I AM DA LAW

    Hopefully they'll delay it until December.

    August 25, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. joe

    Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor?

    August 25, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. A Little R & R Not Good

    The main reason its being moved is the Televisions would not air on Monday. LOL!

    August 25, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. KC Yankee

    Even the weather is against them. Go Mittens!

    August 25, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Gotcha !

    So, God is sending a message to the GOP.
    Clean up your act, or i will send nature to do it.

    August 25, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. Emmittkitty

    Heck, cancel the whole thing. If not, I hope the viewing public is at least spared Trump the Freak's speech. Oh, wait, those who watch actually believe his birther conspiracy theories. Shall we also take bets that he delivers the line, "Obama, you're fired." What else is he good for?...look what the GOP has become....sad.

    August 25, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. Bman

    They should have voted for Gore. Isaac is gonna bear down on them and grind their convention to sand and waves.

    August 25, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  22. Bman

    This storm is going to kick some GOP Butie!

    August 25, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. T'sah From Virginia

    I guess you should be safe than sorry.

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 25, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Shane

    Yeah until they find any respect for women, I'll pass.

    August 25, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. Bman

    This storm is going to really enhance the GOP Image IMHO.

    August 25, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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