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GOP convention gaveled to order Monday for minutes long session

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Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus flashes a thumbs up after gaveling the abbreviated first session of the Republican National Convention closed in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In Tampa, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus gaveled to order Monday the 2012 GOP convention-- with the Monday full session cut because of the impact of Tropical Storm Isaac. Priebus, at the Tampa Times Bay Forum recessed the session until Tuesday after a few minutes at the podium.

Priebus asked for a moment of silence to give thanks to emergency workers who are keeping convention goers and other people in the path of Isaac "out of harms way."

Priebus used his few minutes on the podium to "draw your attention to the unprecedented fiscal recklessness of the Obama administration"--setting a one of two "debt clocks" in the Forum to zero. One clock is a rolling total of the national debt. The other, set Monday, will total how much debt was accumulated during the GOP convention.


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A display shows the collected national debt since the start of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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