Storm Threat Delays GOP Convention By A Day
TAMPA (CBSMiami) – The threat offered by Tropical Storm Isaac has affected the presidential campaign. putting the GOP convention set to begin Monday in Tampa on hold until Tuesday.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and other GOP officials met Saturday afternoon city city officials and emergency managers, and shortly before 7 p.m. announced that Convention will convene Monday, then recess until Tuesday afternoon due to Isaac.
Tampa is in the area considered under Isaac’s threat, which could reach hurricane force bu Sunday, and party leaders decided to use caution and delay the party’s signature event.
Florida Governor Rick Scott contributed to the party’s decision. Speaking at a Ft. Lauderdale news conference earlier Saturday, Scott had announced he would not take part in GOP events Monday to concentrate on Isaac, which may pose a danger to the Panhandle as well as to the Keys, South Florida, and the west coast.
“As Governor of this great state, I am responsible for all 19 million residents and visitors and it is my duty to make sure we can quickly respond to the regions affected. While Tampa Bay has gotten a lot of attention due to the upcoming convention, I will unilaterally focus on the safety of every resident and community throughout the state.”
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