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Republican National Convention to skip day for Hurricane Isaac

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, left, and convention CEO William Harris unveil the stage and podium for the 2012 Republican National Convention, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)


The Republican Party will delay the bulk of its convention until Tuesday afternoon because of the severe weather forecast from Isaac.

That's according to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement Saturday evening:


"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.'"


Priebus says the convention will convene briefly Monday and then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, once the storm is expected to have passed.


He says in a statement that the party made the decision after consulting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and federal and local emergency officials.


Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet has more details from Tampa where she's reporting on the convention.


-AP contributing

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