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.
So, you right-wing religious loud-mouths out there who always come out of the darkness to declare how "this"-natural-disaster-or-high-alert-occasion is god's will and way to punish us all or some particular group / make us aware of his disapproval.. I am waiting for your declaration that he obviously doesn't approve of RR-ticket !!!! Or is it it just the Republicans overall who the message is meant for!!!
Typical Republican planning: IraqI War, letting Osama Bin Laden get away, Hurricane Katrina, and a convention in Florida during hurricane season.
Do these religious right wonder if god is sending a message to the GOP convention?
God is sending his message of displeasure with this alleged followers.
How much you wanna bet Pat Robertson comes out and says this is because the Republicans are such sinners that GOD is punishing them through Tropical Storm Isaac? $10,000?
I don't get it. Don't they realize that if it's a "legitimate" hurricane, it can really do any damage? If it's a legitimate hurricane, the regional climate has a way to shut the whole thing down. (that's sarcasm for those that didn't get it).
the red states drying up. maybe some trickle down economics or faith basic charity will help. Lets ask Mitt. answer – let there be an orderly bankruptcy.
keep voting GOP suckers.
and by the way climate change is a hoax. Got to be Fox told us so.
Since pat Robertson linked Hurricane Katrina to God's will, does he think God is going after the Republicans now??They are against the preaching of Jesus
Maybe they could simply recess permanently.
Good, maybe they'll call off the entire election since, it's phoney anyway. Just let the NWO make their announcement of who they have selected to "appear" to run the country. The entire process has become an expensive farce and a huge lie to the American people.
It is all cut and dry anyway. THey just have to declare Ryan the VP candidate with the appropriate speeches and then nominate by acclamation Mitt Romney with the appropriate speeches. The next night they will speak. The rest of the business is probably done. They will never debate an issue on the floor.
Hope the hurricane veers. Tampa and the Gulf sstates do not need ot have another hurricane.
The Man Upstairs is still in control.
Republicans running away from God's wrath - priceless!
Comon.... This is a storm, yes, but it is not close enough to Tampa to be a big problem, and it isn't hitting landfall there. My guess is the GOP just isn't ready for the storm they are going to create with their "GOP agenda" announcement. Still working on how they are going to present such nastiness for the middle class and get them to like it! LOL.
Obama has spoken. Thou shall smite the evil ones with the power and glory of Obama. A mighty hand shall reach out from the heavens. It's a sign from above that Obama is the one true leader placed here to lead us to the land of hope and change.
Probably the only proof God Exists
It is quite clear to me that God does not approve all the hate and bigotry by the Repubilcan party.
God's punishment on the GOP.
With the hurricane coming just in time for the GOP convention, I can't help but think about Pat Robertson's view that natural disasters are divine retribution against those affected.
For the second consecutive time, Yaweh has sent a hurricane as a message to the republican party. Will they heed the message and abandon their message of judgement and hatred?
If this happened at the Democratic Convention, then Republicans would be talking about how God is punishing the Democrats.
Has this delay been approved by the" Tea Party"? Because everyone know they call all the shots and Romney is just a puppet!!
Could this be due to Global Warming? How ironic.
As David Letterman said; this is further proof that God is a Woman…
I strongly believe in signs and omen and this one is one of them