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GOP shuffles schedule as Isaac looms

By Thomas Beaumont

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Republicans will formally bestow their presidential nomination on Mitt Romney on Tuesday night, one day later than planned, officials announced Sunday as they revised the schedule for a national convention curtailed by the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Romney will deliver his acceptance speech before a national television audience Thursday night as originally planned.

In a conference call with reporters, Romney's chief convention planner, Russ Schriefer, left open the possibility of additional schedule changes depending on the weather.

Yet he sidestepped when asked about the advisability of holding the convention if the storm makes landfall near New Orleans, as forecasts indicate it could, near the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The convention will formally convene on Monday but remain in session for only 10 minutes, a plan dictated by concerns that the weather in the Tampa Bay region could threaten harm to delegates and others who have converged on the city.

Formal nominations for Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, are slated for Tuesday at roughly the time the television networks air their evening news.

Tuesday evening's program includes remarks by Ann Romney, the candidate's wife, as well as by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, previously announced as the keynote speaker.

Ryan will deliver his acceptance speech Wednesday evening in prime time in the eastern part of the United States, and Romney's speech dominates the final night.

Real estate tycoon Donald Trump, originally scheduled to speak on Monday, was dropped from the program in the weather-related reshuffling.

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  1. conserveusa38Comment by conserveusa38
    August 27, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Little confused…at the beginning it says Mitt will be accepting the nomination on Tuesday? Unless I have misunderstood….and then it says Thursday? I am trying to figure out when it all begins…why the 10 minutes? Anyone know? Thanks for any helpful information. No trashing comments need respond.

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    • rodgComment by rodg
      August 27, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

      Read the article again. It says that Romney will be nominated on Tuesday and the give his acceptance speech on Thursday. It doesn’t say that he will give his acceptance speech on Tuesday.

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  2. conserveusa38Comment by conserveusa38
    August 27, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    Mitt will be accepting the nomination on Tuesday? Thursday? I am trying to figure out when it all begins…why the 10 minutes? Anyone know? Thanks for any helpful information. No trashing comments need respond.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      August 28, 2012 @ 4:11 am

      my impression is that the 10 minutes was merely for the formality of opening the convention; everything else was pushed back a day.

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  3. kelstepheComment by kelstephe
    August 27, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    Due to the impending storm, they had to push the convention start back one day. Tuesday will be the day that Romney will officially be announced as the Republican nominee, but he won’t be giving his acceptance speech until Thursday, the last day of the convention. Saving the best for last. This gives everyone on the docket their chance to say something awesome about our soon to be President.

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  5. JDZComment by JDZ
    August 27, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    The RNC wants the official election of Romney as the Republican candidate using the delegate voting process done on Tuesday and behind them in case something turns dramatically sideways with the weather. That is the most important “official” job the delegates have to get done. Everything else has to do with presenting Romney and Ryan to the nation and what their plan is for the country in a more in-depth way through various speakers. The speakers typically are primary players in the party that the party wants to introduce to the nation at large like Chris Christie and Nicki Haley, etc. although one of the more important speeches (other then Romney and Ryan themselves) will be the one given by Ann Romney. She is an attractive and articulate woman who will give the country a more close up and personal look at Mitt the man, husband, and father. I am looking forward to Ann’s speech, in particularly, but we all know that Mitt’s speech is a critical one in which he has to convince Americans that he is a better choice to deal with our economic problems and get the country back on a more positive path.

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