Republicans cancel Monday convention events

August 25, 2012

The Republican National Committee released a statement late today saying that due to concerns related to Tropical Storm Isaac, Monday events in Tampa are canceled.

Party Chairman Reince Priebus said in the statement the convention will convene Monday and "immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon."

Mitt Romney tweeted Saturday night, "The safety of those in Isaac's path is of the utmost importance. I applaud those in Tampa making appropriate schedule changes."

Tropical Storm Isaac moved into Cuba on Saturday after causing flooding and several deaths in Haiti. Forecasters say it is on a track that would bring it toward Florida on Monday and Tuesday.

The full statement from the RNC is below.

"Republican National Convention President and CEO Bill Harris made the following statement: '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. 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.'
 
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus made the following statement: '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 28th. 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.'”

Terri Rupar is The Post's mobile product editor.
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