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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

TimesCast Politics Schedule and Convention Day at a Glance


After Hurricane Isaac forced the cancellation of the first day of the Republican National Convention, events are getting under way on Tuesday, and The Times's political unit will be broadcasting live with the latest from Tampa, Fla., beginning at 2 p.m. Here are a few of the highlights from the program:

TimesCast Politics

  • Jim Rutenberg, a chief political correspondent, reports on the latest from the floor of the convention as Mitt Romney arrives in Tampa.
  • Jeff Zeleny, a chief political correspondent, sits down for an interview with Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina in which she talks about broadening the party's appeal.
  • Jim Roberts, an assistant managing editor, and Ben Smith, BuzzFeed's editor in chief, preview Chris Christie's keynote address.
  • Ashley Parker, a political correspondent, reports on John H. Sununu, the former governor of New Hampshire who will introduce Mr. Romney's name for the nomination.
  • And, in the Opinion section of the broadcast, the Op-Ed columnists Charles M. Blow and Bill Keller discuss humanizing Mr. Romney.

On the Floor
The convention schedule is packed Tuesday, as Mr. Romney and Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, his running mate, arrived in Tampa.

In addition to the rules that will be taken up by delegates, there is a full schedule of speakers. Live coverage of the night's event's will begin at 5 p.m., with live video broadcasts joining the report at 7 p.m.

Ann Romney, who will speak during the 10 o'clock hour, will try to draw a human portrait of her husband as the convention seeks to reintroduce Mr. Romney to voters. The Romney campaign considers her speech one of the centerpieces of the convention.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who will deliver the keynote address, also in the 10 o'clock hour, likely will use his appeal with Tea Party voters to help unify and energ ize the Republican base.

And Rick Santorum will deliver a speech in his first major address appearance since bowing out of the primary elections in April.