Romney camp says weather won't affect convention plans
August 27th, 2012
06:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney camp says weather won't affect convention plans

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – An adviser to Mitt Romney said Monday that Tropical Storm Isaac, currently on track to become a category 2 hurricane and make landfall in Louisiana early Wednesday, would not drastically affect the tone of the long-planned Republican National Convention, though he acknowledged steps would be taken to make note of the potential disaster.

"I don't think this is really going to change much of what we are going to do," Romney Senior Adviser Russ Schriefer said on a conference call meant to provide a programming update on the Republican National Convention. No schedule changes were made, though Schriefer previewed Tuesday evening's slate of speakers, saying the prime-time ten o'clock hour would exclusively feature Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is delivering the convention's keynote address.

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"We are going to continue to talk about the differences between Gov. Romney and President Obama," Schriefer continued. "I think that is a healthy debate, a good debate, and important debate. Certainly a debate I think the American people have been looking forward to. We're going to continue on, as far as getting our getting our message out. I think we're going to get it out very clearly."

The campaign, along with convention organizers and party officials, will be monitoring Isaac, Schriefer said, and adjusting the event as necessary.

"We're concerned about people in the path of the storm, we'll be watching that very carefully, and making any adjustments as necessary," he said.

Earlier Monday, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus made similar remarks to CNN, saying the event planners - eager to avoid seeming overtly political in the face of devastation - would be "nimble" in reacting to any potential damage incurred by Isaac.

Schriefer also revealed the campaign was beginning conversations about assisting in any relief efforts that are needed after Isaac passes through the Gulf.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. CBR

    Don't worry. IF it is not perfect someone other than Mr.Romney will take the blame. As it is he is letting his surrogate bash the President so he can remain the nice guy. Romney is a very good husband that cannot be overlooked. However his view that the solution will trickle down not so good. There is no need for the highest compensated American such as CFO or CEO to continue to get pay increase and bonuses while the middle class declines. Part of the problem is that the rich are not reinvesting into the country. They have off-shore and Swiss accounts. How many middle class people have them?

    This problem requires everyone to do something to help someone else through this low point. When Americans put their efforts into achieving a goal it will be met. We cannot let anyone else do this for us and we must realize that the Republicans do not have the answer either. Really look at teh Ryan budget, the Republican platform and the plans delivered by Mr. Romney.

    August 27, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. jaimie

    I do not think so

    August 27, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. kayla

    don't you like when they use the word "the american people" do not speak for me , what you need to say the republicans want to know....., not the american people you are speaking to your 1%

    August 27, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. NC

    By all means republicans help the people in the Gulf region, the rest of us will help like we did in 2005.

    August 27, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Romney is the perfect candidate! Who else is a liberal/moderate/conservative/severely conservative/pro-life/pro-choice/pro-immigrant/"self deportation"/pro-Romneycare/Anti-Obamacare/draft-dodger/chicken-hawk/pro-gun control/ant-gun control Mormon with a strong love for the Jewish faith? Who else has taken every position on every issue? Who else has helped foreign nations get through the economic crisis by putting millions of dollars in their banks? What a guy... You get it all in one smiling package!

    August 27, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. ron

    I don't get how this is a "tight election". Who are they polling??? Willard is going to get slammed into crawling back underneath his cold little rock, never to be seen again.

    August 27, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. cali girl

    The weather is getting in the way. To bad so sad, no Trump. Not enough time. And everyone is cutting down time for each speech. Should be a barn burner to watch....not.

    August 27, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Republicans don't seem to believe in bad weather. There is no cause for it but G-d and believe that it is on the Republican side. It seems that they don't believe in the science that says we humans are contributing to the change of it.

    August 27, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. ted

    the republicans shoudl all go to New Orleans NOW and fill sandbags. do something good for the country for once.

    August 27, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. jaimie

    Romneyhood ............. Give to the rich take from the poor

    August 28, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  11. J.V.Hodgson

    The potential danger to convention attendees staff and organisers has been handled properly. Its now time for them to hold thier convention and let the Republican ( largely) State government and governor and other officials to manage the New Orleans risk The republican convention is best advised to help by watching and waiting and sympathetically but with no overt interference its already been declared antional emergrnc By OBama but politics should be left out of this natural disaster. the effort to scor points out a pending and possible natural disaster is already sickening.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 28, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  12. The Other Dale

    Weather won't affect convention ... neither with the people recovering from the weather in the next few days. It certainly didn't bother the Republicans seven years ago, why should it now?

    Seirously, the Republicans have a great opportunity here to look great to the voters they desperately want in November – the poor and middle class – by taking ALLLLLL those rich white folks over in Tampa and getting them ready to help out those in need to the West of them in the next few days. After all, Romney is a foregone conclusion. Have Romney come out first thing, tell them to get on the stick, get the nomination over-with and "let's use the money and time we're wasting here for those people in need."

    But it won't happen. Instead, on Thursday after Romney is nominated, we're going to get major news updates on the anniversary of Katrina, how people are recovering from the new storm, and then pictures of rich white guys holding their hands up in victory. They're just driving that GOP truck right off the cliff, and happily doing so as well.

    August 28, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |