Reince Priebus, RNC:
Isaac Will Not Derail GOP Convention
August 26, 2012
In U.S. politics, Republican Party officials are predicting a successful
presidential nominating convention in Tampa, Florida, despite the
approach of a powerful storm that forced the cancellation of Monday’s
planned activities. The four-day convention to nominate former governor
Mitt Romney to face President Barack Obama in the November election has
been pared down to three.
Every detail of the Republican National Convention was planned months in
advance to provide the biggest boost possible for Mitt Romney and the
party as a whole. Now the convention schedule is being reworked as a
result of an unpredictable factor: the weather. Tropical Storm Isaac is
expected to become a hurricane and pass near Tampa late Monday.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says Isaac will
not derail the gathering. “The show is going to go on. We are going to
get the business done at the RNC [Republican National Convention]. We
are going to nominate Mitt Romney and [vice presidential nominee] Paul
Ryan. We are going to have a great time here in Tampa,” he stated.
Priebus spoke on the U.S. television program Fox News Sunday. He said
Monday’s convention activities were canceled to ensure the safety of
attendees, and that he could not rule out further scheduling changes if
the need arises.
“Obviously, we are going to take it as it comes. We are going to be
nimble, we are going to do the right thing," said Priebus. "Safety
conventions are prime opportunities for America’s main political parties
to deliver messages to voters and influence public opinion. They are
considered particularly crucial for an opposition party’s efforts to
introduce a presidential contender on the national stage.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonald is one of many Republicans expected to
address delegates. Appearing on ABC’s This Week program, McDonald
predicted the convention will rally the party and broaden its appeal
with the American people.
“The independent voters are going to start tuning in now and want to see
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan speak," McDonald added. "So I think we will
still get a fair amount of attention and the message will be good.”
Democrats will nominate President Barack Obama for a second term in
office next week in North Carolina.