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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