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REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION Storm forces GOP to scrap 1st day of event

Published: Sun, August 26, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Republican officials abruptly announced plans Saturday night to scrap the first day of their national convention, bowing to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac as it bore down menacingly on Florida.

“The safety of those in Isaac’s path is of the utmost importance,” tweeted Mitt Romney, his formal nomination as presidential candidate pushed back by a minimum of 24 hours from Monday night to Tuesday.

The announcement was made as conventiongoers flocked to the Tampa Bay area by the planeload for what had been scripted as four days of political pageantry and speechmaking with a purpose — to propel Romney into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama.

Officials said they hoped to begin laying out a revised schedule today.

Romney campaigned in battleground Ohio during the day, pledging to help female entrepreneurs and innovators who are eager to create small businesses and the jobs that go with them. It was an economy-themed countdown to a convention taking shape in a city already bristling with security — and bracing for a possible hurricane.

“Women in this country are more likely to start businesses than men. Women need our help,” said the Republican presidential challenger, eager to relegate recent controversy over abortion to the sidelines and make the nation’s slow economic recovery the dominant issue of his convention week.

Reince Priebus, the Republican Party chairman, told reporters on an early evening conference call that no state delegations had changed their travel plans because of the storm. “Everyone is planning on being here, and we hope we are up and running and expect all of our delegates to be here,” he said.

Yet with rain and high winds in the forecast, and with the threat of a storm surge and possible flooding, convention organizers said they were making contingency plans to move delegates who have been booked into beachfront hotels to other locations if necessary.

“Our first priority is ensuring the safety of delegates, alternates, guests, members of the media attending the Republican National Convention, and citizens of the Tampa Bay area,” convention CEO Bill Harris said in an emailed announcement that followed private conversations involving Romney’s campaign, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office, security officials and others.

The announcement said that while the convention would officially be gaveled into session Monday as scheduled, the day’s events would be cancelled until Tuesday.

The announcement made the GOP convention the party’s second in a row to be disrupted by weather. Four years ago, the delegates gathered in St. Paul, Minn., but Hurricane Gustav, slamming the Gulf Coast, led to a one-day postponement.

Four years later, there was no immediate sign that Romney’s forces would do anything other than squeeze two nights’ of platform programming into one. Nor did it appear the postponement would cost them much in political terms, since the television networks had already announced they would not be carrying Monday’s events live.

Despite the disruption, Priebus said, “we are optimistic that we will begin an exciting, robust convention that will nominate the Romney-Ryan ticket.”

Plans had called for the convention to open Monday with quick ratification of a conservative platform expected, followed by Romney’s nomination in a traditional roll call of the states timed for network evening news coverage.

Barring further postponements it will end Thursday with his prime-time acceptance speech.


1cambridge(4056 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

It's just God and the angles peeing on Florida. God hates teabaggers.

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2IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Hurricane Todd Akin has blindsided the GOP and revealed their true colors. This "legitimate" rape comment comes after Rush Limbaugh referred to a former law student as a whore for getting on the pill.

The GOP only hates women, latinos, african-americans, jews, asians and muslims. Other than that they love everone else. LOL.

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3AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago


You forgot the poor and middle class.

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4IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Rush couldn't adhere to the standards of a dumb jock. Dumb jocks have to pass drug tests in order to be employed. The fat man is high enough to hunt ducks with a rake.

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5jojuggie(1701 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Rush is a multi-multi-multi millionaire. He has had a fantastic run, on the air, for about 200 years.
No one in the inner city of Ytown listens to him, but he has a great following in Poland & Canfield.
Boy, I wish I were a dumb jock with all of those millions.
None of you can show me the equivalent of Rush, in the Dem party, on talk radio, who is as successful as Rush.

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6jojuggie(1701 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Oh, I forgot - Air America, the liberal talk radio show was the equivalent of the Rush radio show. They changed their name about 3 times, but nothing worked, so they declared bankruptcy a couple of years ago.
Look it up.

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7greene(167 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Standby for words of wisdom from islandMike, "Who Cares?"

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8GoPens(397 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Can they cancel the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th days too?

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9southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm sure the speech writers are working overtime to condense the rhetoric into less time...ha ha ha!

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10IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

We're all still awaiting words of wisdom from Palin. LOL.

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11jojuggie(1701 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

We're all still awaiting words of wisdom from Obama. LOL

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12jojuggie(1701 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Hey IM, did you see the latest news about the Dem convention?
Next Fri, at the Dem convention, they will be having 2 hours of Islamic prayer. They rejected a Catholic Cardinal's prayers.
I hope I read that wrong. Looks like Obama will participate.

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13DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Can hardly wait until next week to hear the wisdom from the "Teleprompter-in-Chief" and his buddy "Hairplugs" Biden.

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14IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Another storm for the GOP to deal with..........

GOP = The Party of Hate

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15jojuggie(1701 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Hey IM, did you flunk English in High School? The headlines state " GOP EJECTS PEOPLE WHO THREW NUTS AT CAMARAWOMAN."


I can't yell any louder.

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16WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

DNC=Party of Hate

Democrat homosexual nutjob activist attempts to shoot-up the FRC headquarters after being further enraged and emboldened by DNC figures fanning the flames with hate-talk against traditional family values support voiced by private company executive.

DNC=Party of Hate, Division, Violent Rhetoric, Failure

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