GOP considering extending convention by a day
August 26th, 2012
04:42 PM ET
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GOP considering extending convention by a day

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Republican Party officials are considering extending their convention by a day, a GOP source confirmed to CNN Sunday.

With Monday’s session suspended due to Tropical Storm Isaac, and with continued uncertainty about the possible impact of the storm on the Gulf Coast, party and convention officials have not ruled out extending the Tampa convention into Friday.

“We’re monitoring the situation and we’ll respond accordingly,” convention press secretary Kyle Downey told CNN when asked of the possibility of extending the convention by a day.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. us_1776

    You are going to pay dearly for changing your tickets.

    Sincerely,
    The Airlines

    .

    August 26, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. The Airlines

    us_1776,

    They won't have to pay cash, but we will own them. We will pressure the GOP into giving us subsidies and bailouts when we need them.

    Sincerely,
    The Airlines

    August 26, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. PTBarnumboy

    What's the point?

    August 26, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. BBear

    Oh, by all means Republicans should extend thier convention another day. The American television viewer is going to just be thrilled to have a whole slate of college football games pre-empted. What genius in the Republican clown show thought it would be a good idea to have a convention in Tampa in late August?

    August 26, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Dee

    No, please, No!!! I though we were being blessed by shortening it by 1 day!! :((((

    August 26, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. jaimie

    Romney and Ryan ............... Laurel and Hardy of the 21st century

    August 26, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. James McDonald

    Yes. That would be the most sensible thing to do. Tuesday should be Day One and Friday becomes Day 4 of the Convention. Just move the entire schedule one day over. It would mean changing airline flights and hotel reservations, but you got to do what you got to do. Don't let the storm beat you. Let's make it the best Republican Convention ever.

    August 26, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Phattee

    If anyone can cram four days of hatred into three, it's today's TGOP.

    August 26, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Fareed

    Isaac "NOT" the GOP has anything to say about the Willard and Annie Romney Dog & Pony Show in Tampa. The reason the show has been pushed back 4 hours, and then 24, has to do with holding a convention during hurricane season. That is the only thing the GOP has a say about. I'm not holding my breath for an explanation? But I think it has something to do with being Obama's fault.

    August 26, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Jim Marler

    They can afford it...perhapse they can find a loop hole in the tax filing. Romney can advise them as he is an expert.

    August 26, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. PJ

    Fine, as long as they stay out of the way of those who might need help, and if Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert stay.
    Otherwise, I don't care if they stay forever or never show up.

    August 26, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Will

    Yes let have a celebration while New Olreans is hit again..I mean we didnt care the first time why should we care now.

    August 26, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Jamie1

    Right. They need some more time to let all those birthers make fools of themselves.

    August 26, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. Slightly Left of Center

    @us_1776
    You are going to pay dearly for changing your tickets.

    Sincerely,
    The Airlines
    ---------
    LOL. So very true. Change fee $150 plus any difference in air fare (business/1st class, no doubt). But what do they care? They will just charge it to their travel budgets. You know, the ones funding by us lowly taxpayers for their squandering pleasure.

    August 26, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Wynter

    Why bother? The GOP convention is an empty ceremony devoid of any substance or meaning. Will they talk about anything specific? No. Will they say anything that will change anyone's mind? No. They are just talking to themselves and patting themselves on the back before an election. Pathetic.

    August 26, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Wynter

    Romney/Ryan are going into the convention well below team Obama. The convention is a time to talk to your supporters. But Romney's support is waning big time. He would be better to spend his time stumping instead of grandstanding for his base.

    August 26, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. tony

    I'd like to see the 12 years of tax returns first. Why have a convention about how personal tax cuts on the very wealthy create US jobs, when the shining example of how that has been done, won't be shown to us.

    Perhaps the tax cuts didn't create any US jobs?

    August 26, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Matthew Kilburn

    Unfortunately, if Romney has to speak on Friday, rather than Thursday, it would dull his bounce from the convention that all candidates traditionally expect. Its labor day weekend, and a good number of people will be away from home by Friday night.

    August 26, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Conservative

    It will be a big mistake to have Mitt Romney speak on a Friday night. The "tropical storm" is expected to be as far as 200 miles away- if not further. There was no reason to cancel the first day of the Convention so abruptly. I lived in Tampa for four years and all they will get is some rain and some wind. I bet the airport does not even close down. They should reevaluate that plan (especially since the storm isn't supposed to even be 200 miles off the coast of Tampa Bay until Tuesday. Work around it- and if people can't get wet then you should not have picked Tampa as it rains- POURS! down rain everyday for about a half hour. Welcome to a semi tropic state. Get over it, and even if there is not that many people in the actual Convention Center, you can still have many people who are staying in the hotels in the near vicinity (a lot) and you will be playing to the people at home- the millions who will be watching rather than the 50,000 thousand (already voting Republican in November) in the arena. Wake up.

    August 26, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. lies from the left but mostly hate

    It doesn't matter to the media, they will be showing re-runs of Hawaii Five-O and discussing Romney's faith.

    August 26, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    Please don't extend the convention. Spare us from an extra day of political theater of the absurd.

    August 26, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Please leave it as it is. You can get all done in 3 days and don't need a 4th.

    August 26, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. enuff

    Only the millionaires/billionaires will be able to stay.

    August 26, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |