Republicans Deal with Storm, Release Three-day Convention Schedule
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republican National Committee officials are releasing a three-day schedule for the party's national convention, shortened because of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Party officials said presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be nominated Tuesday, as will vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
The storm that had originally threatened the Tampa Bay area was forecast to veer west into the Gulf of Mexico away from Florida.
Still, planners decided Saturday to delay the convention's start, then had to scramble to shave some speakers and find new places for others.
The threat of Tropical Storm Isaac has left delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, recalibrating their schedules but insisting that the show will go on with just a few modifications due to the weather.
Florida Governor Rick Scott gave up his speaking spot to deal with the storm. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal remained on the schedule, but party leaders said it was possible he might not attend, given the storm was headed in his state's direction.
The Republican Party has postponed most of Monday's lineup because of the storm and is cramming four days of speeches and events into three, starting Tuesday.
It all ends Thursday night with a major send-off for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The wet and windy conditions have forced some outdoor events indoors. They include a breakfast Monday featuring New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and a brunch with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Says Mitch Zak, a spokesman for California's convention delegation: "We're ready to blow the roofs off on Tuesday night."