The festivities and events happening on Monday (8/27/12) at the Republican National Convention in Tampa have been scrapped due to Hurricane Isaac’s impending landfall. The convention will be gaveled open on Monday but all events and speeches have been canceled. A new schedule for Tuesday through Thursday will be released and things will be shuffled around.
Report from the Associated Press:
Republican officials abruptly announced plans Saturday night to scrap the first day of their national convention, bowing to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac as it bore down menacingly on Florida.
“The safety of those in Isaac’s path is of the utmost importance,” tweeted Mitt Romney, his formal nomination as presidential candidate pushed back by a minimum of 24 hours from Monday night to Tuesday.
The announcement was made as delegates and other convention-goers flocked to the Tampa Bay area by the planeload for what had been scripted as four days of political pageantry and speechmaking with a purpose – to propel Romney into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama.
Officials said they hoped to begin laying out a revised schedule on Sunday.
The announcement said that while the convention would officially be gaveled into session on Monday as scheduled, the day’s events would be cancelled until Tuesday.
More information on Sunday when it becomes available.