RNC 2012 Updates: As Isaac Draws Closer, GOP Reschedules Events


After Tropical Storm Isaac forced the Republican National Committee to cancel Monday's opening session in Tampa, party officials insist that the convention will not be canceled outright. 

The storm, which may develop into a hurricane, is forecast to hit the Tampa area on Monday or Tuesday. The convention was originally scheduled to run from August 27 to August 30, and will culminate in Mitt Romney's acceptance speech on Thursday night. 

Monday's speakers will be rescheduled in order to hold a shortened three-day convention. Vice President Joe Biden, who had planned to go to Florida to counter the GOP's message in Orlando and St. Augustine, has purportedly delayed his trip. 

Here are the most recent updates regarding the schedule; a full revised schedule is expected later on Sunday.


Visitors who are able to arrive will be able to check in at 2 P.M.

Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will attend a 5 P.M. panel about media bias towards conservative women. 

The Unity Rally 2012 hosted by Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann will likely still take place.


Most of the day's activities are cancelled; the GOP convention will convene briefly and then recess in order to ensure the safety of all attendees.

Many state delegations are expected to still hold their breakfast delegation meetings, albeit in hotels rather than in the convention center. 


The events at the RNC on Tuesday will be centered on the theme of "we built it," a response to President Obama's comment in July. 

Roll call for the nomination of president and vice president, originally scheduled for Monday, will likely take place.

House Speaker John Boehner, who is already in Tampa, may be rescheduled to speak at some point on Tuesday. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will give the keynote address. 

Speeches by Ann Romney, Rick Santorum, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia. 


The events will be centered around the theme of "we can change it," an appeal to the middle class emphasizing Romney and Ryan's plans to rebuild the economy. 

Most of Wednesday's activities are designed to introduce Paul Ryan, who will proceed to make prime-time remarks.

Speeches by Florida Attorney Pam Bondi, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former contenders for VP Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Sen. Rob Portman. 


The events will be focused on the statement "we believe in America," to echo Romney's presidential campaign. 

After being introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Romney is expected to speak about his campaign, and perhaps explore his faith. It is also believed that members of the Mormon Church who have worked with Romney will speak on his behalf.

More than a dozen Olympians will testify to Romney's leadership during the 2002 games.