Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal may miss attending and speaking at the Republican National Convention for the second time in a row.
With Tropical Storm Isaac picking up strength as it heads toward the Gulf Coast, including his home state, Jindal's convention speech is in jeopardy – as it was four years ago, when Hurricane Gustav slammed into New Orleans.
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"The Governor was slated to speak at the convention in 2008 when Gustav hit, he not only didn't speak, he didn't even go," said Jindal's communications director, Kyle Plotkin, in a statement to CNN. "He will certainly not leave the state if our people are in peril."
Jindal was scheduled to arrive in Tampa on Tuesday to speak before the convention that night. A popular two-term governor, he was thought to be on Mitt Romney's short list for vice president.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced Saturday night that all programs for Monday, the first day of the convention, were cancelled. Instead, the convention will formally open and immediately adjourn for recess until Tuesday afternoon.
The governors of all the Gulf Coast states in the current path of the storm canceled or delayed their trips to the convention. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will no longer attend the convention, while Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant delayed his trip due to the storm.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, whose state is hosting the quadrennial GOP gathering, cancelled his Sunday and Monday night convention plans but remained in Tampa to monitor the situation.
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