A storm may be shaking up the schedule at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. but the focus is still on President Obama’s failed policies. Romney campaign strategist Russ Schriefer briefed reporters Sunday night about changes due to what could become Hurricane Isaac by the time the storm hits the Gulf Coast.
The convention will still officially start on Monday, August 27, with the call of the chair at 2 pm. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will gavel in, calling the convention to order and starting a Debt Clock that will measure the amount of debt accumulated by the United States between the start and end of the 4-day event on Thursday, August 30. He will declare the the convention in recess until Tuesday.
Most of Monday’s scheduled speakers were reapportioned to slots on the remaining days with the majority moved to Tuesday, according to Mr. Schriefer. This was accomplished by eliminating parts of the program, increasing the amount of time available by starting earlier at 7 pm, and making some speeches shorter.
The impending storm is not going to change the message. Monday’s theme of “We Can Do Better” “can easily be put into the entire program of each day,” Mr. Schriefer said, reflecting the view that President Obama’s failed leadership and record of not serving the American people will be unchanged by the weather. “We all know the weather event is there. We are continuing to … monitor what is going on with the weather but our primary concern is with the people in the path of that storm.”