Chair: Republican convention to start Tuesday despite storm

By REUTERS
August 26, 2012 17:38




WASHINGTON - US Republicans, who have postponed the start of their national convention in Tampa, Florida, by one day because of the threat from Tropical Storm Isaac, will not delay it further and will start the proceedings on Tuesday, the party's chairman said on Sunday.

"We're 100 percent full-steam ahead on Tuesday," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told CNN.

The convention where Mitt Romney will be nominated as the party's candidate to challenge US President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election was originally scheduled to run from Monday to Thursday.

Priebus said on Saturday that the convention would start its business on Tuesday afternoon because of Isaac. A new schedule is coming out later on Sunday including an exact start time on Tuesday, he told CNN.

"So far, the word is that almost all of it is going to be accommodated into the Tuesday-Wednesday programming," Priebus said. "I think you're going to see that there might be some shortening of speeches. But most of our guests are going to be accommodated."


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