TAMPA, Fla. – Despite revised storm predictions that see Tropical Storm Isaac making landfall as a hurricane near New Orleans on Tuesday or Wednesday, Republican convention organizers say they are going ahead with a three-day schedule for the gathering that leaves the marquee lineup intact each night.
Briefing reporters Sunday evening, Romney campaign strategist Russ Schriefer acknowledged the threat posed by Isaac to the Gulf Coast, saying that officials would continue monitoring the "weather event." Still, the GOP will press ahead with the abbreviated proceedings by extending the evening session to four hours while scaling back the speaker lineup to squeeze four days of events into three.
Speakers not deemed “headliners” were “let go” to accommodate the new schedule, Schriefer said. Also, Monday’s theme of “We Can Do Better,” meant to spotlight what Republicans see as President Obama's failed record on the economy, will be incorporated into the remaining nights.
Monday’s session was called off Saturday, when the forecasted track for the storm was closer to the Tampa area. The host city still expects severe weather in the area Monday, and attendees have been urged to limit unnecessary travel.