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Hurricane Threat Forces Republicans to Cancel First Day of Convention

6/12/2014 Wrap Staff

By Wrap Staff
TheWrap

Republican Party officials on Saturday announced plans to cancel first day events for the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., citing dangerous weather conditions brought on by Tropical Storm Isaac.

"Our first priority is ensuring the safety of delegates, alternates, guests, members of the media attending the Republican National Convention and the citizens of the Tampa Bay area," Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement.

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The four-day convention, scheduled to kick off Monday, will convene briefly as planned but activities will be postponed until Tuesday afternoon.

Events on Monday's agenda included speeches by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker John A. Boehner and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the ratification of the GOP platform, followed by the roll call of states and nomination of Mitt Romney.

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Instead, the roll call will now take place on Tuesday. GOP planners said they were working with state and federal officials to make additional schedule changes as needed.

On Sunday, Romney tweeted: "The safety of those in Isaac's path is of the utmost importance. I applaud those in Tampa making appropriate schedule changes."

The tropical storm was heading toward the Gulf Coast Saturday night, with rain and high winds in the forecast. It is expected to be reclassified early Sunday as a hurricane and hit Florida during the day.

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