As a possible hurricane makes its way through the Caribbean,
Republicans say they're making plans to ensure Mitt Romney is formally
nominated next week in Tampa as their presidential nominee.
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"There is no such thing as canceling," Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer said today on CNN's Starting Point.
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said the health and safety of convention delegates, guests and other
visitors to the Republican National Convention are a top priority, but
various contingency plans have been drawn up should Tropical Storm Isaac
hit the Tampa Bay area. The political business will go on, he said.
hoping for the best. We've got the plans in place should anything occur
and that's how we're going forward," Spicer said. "We're going to keep
looking forward to having a great convention."
few hours later, convention CEO William Harris issued a less-decisive
statement saying: "The Republican National Convention and the Republican
National Committee, working in consultation with the Romney/Ryan
campaign, are in regular contact with the National Weather Service,
Governor Scott and local emergency officials in an effort to track and
understand the potential impact of the storm. Governor Scott and local
emergency officials have assured us that they have the resources in
place to respond to this storm should it make landfall, as our primary
concern is with those in the potential path of the storm. We will
continue to work closely with them and federal officials to monitor the
storm and discuss any impact it might have on the Tampa area and the
state of Florida. We continue to move forward with our planning and look
forward to a successful convention."
The convention begins
Monday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and runs through Thursday, when
Romney is slated to accept the GOP nomination.
say Tropical Storm Isaac will likely become a Category 1 hurricane by
Friday. Isaac is expected to weaken a little over the Dominican
Republic, Haiti and Cuba and then possibly move to Florida by Monday.
the weather's impact on the GOP convention has been talked about a lot,
FEMA Director Craig Fugate said a bigger concern is making sure people
in the Florida Keys and southwest Florida are prepared.
former emergency management official in Florida, said during a briefing
today that the state conducted an exercise earlier this year to figure
out what would happen if a hurricane occurred during RNC events.
CNN aired the Florida briefing, which included Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The governor said his state is ready.
aside the RNC convention for a moment, Florida has a lot of experience
dealing with hurricanes," said Scott, who is scheduled to speak at the
convention on Monday. "We're going to be prepared for Isaac in the event
it does impact our state, in the event it does become a hurricane."