Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac Delays Republican National Convention

TAMPA, Florida  -- Today, the heads of the Republican National Committee and the Republican National Convention announced that the Republican National Convention will be pushed back to Tuesday due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

"Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28 th," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.  "After consulting with Governor Scott, NOAA and local emergency management officials, we are optimistic that we will begin an exciting, robust convention that will nominate the Romney-Ryan ticket."

"Our chief priority is the safety of the residents of Florida, of those visiting the Convention, and all those in Gulf Coast states who may be impacted by Tropical Storm Isaac,"  Republican National Convention President and CEO Bill Harris added.  "We have been working closely with the campaign, the party, and state and local officials for months to ensure a successful, enjoyable convention. Federal, state and local officials assure us that they are prepared to respond, if needed, and the scheduling changes we are announcing today will help ensure the continued safety of all participants – our foremost concern. We are also committed to keeping the delegates and guests of the convention well informed about the situation, and we will continue providing updates in the hours and days ahead."

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