Total Pageviews

Saturday, August 25, 2012

With Storm Approaching, Republicans Cancel First Day of Convention


TAMPA - Republicans on Saturday canceled the first day of their national convention, saying their first concern was for the safety of delegates and guests in the face of Tropical Storm Isaac, headed toward Florida's west coast and strengthening.

“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,” Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement.

“RNC Convention officials and the Romney campaign are working closely with state, local and federal officials, as well as the Secret Service, to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and preserve Florida's emergency management resources. Officials have predicted participants may encounter severe transportation difficulties due to sustained wind and rain.”

The convention will officially open on Monday but w ill immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon at a time to be determined later, Mr. Priebus said.

But convention planners stressed that the official business of the convention - nominating Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan - will go on as planned later in the week.

“The Republican National Convention will take place and officially nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and the Party has other necessary business it must address. We also are remaining in constant contact with state and federal officials and may make additional schedule alterations as needed,” Mr. Priebus said.