Reince Priebus: ‘100 Percent, Full-Steam Ahead Tuesday’
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Isaac, forecast to grow into a low category hurricane, is expected to cross the lower Florida Keys later today and reach the Florida Panhandle for a second landing by Wednesday morning.
But while the storm has already forced the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to compact its four-day schedule into three days, no more storm-related disruptions are expected the rest of the event.
“We’re 100 percent full-steam ahead on Tuesday,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said while appearing on CNN’s State of the Nation with Candy Crowley on Sunday morning.
A revamped convention schedule is expected to be released later today.
Day one of the convention was canceled in part as a safety concern for delegates who are arriving from across the nation.
Delegates should experience winds and rains from Isaac as the current track has taken the center of the system farther west into the Gulf of Mexico from Tampa than earlier models.
At 8 a.m. Sunday, Isaac was about 135 miles east-southeast of Key West, moving at a steady 20 miles per hour to the west-northwest with top winds of 65 mph.
Priebus said the roll call of delegates to nominate Romney will be Tuesday afternoon rather than Monday afternoon.
“So far, the word is that almost all of it is going to be accommodated into the Tuesday, Wednesday programming,” Priebus said. “Everything is going to move ahead.”
Also. speakers that were scheduled to speak on Monday should be accommodated with time Tuesday and Wednesday, while all speakers may have to shorten their remarks, Priebus said.
“Most of our guests are going to be accommodated,” Priebus said.
“We’re going to tell the Mitt Romney story. We’re still going to prosecute the president for what he promised and what he delivered, and why we think we need to save this country and put Mitt Romney in the White House.”
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