Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, a Democrat who has come under criticism for talking about the possibility that Tropical Storm Isaac could cause the cancellation of the upcoming Republican National Convention, on Saturday minimized the potential impact on the city.
If the storm tracks along current forecasts, passing an estimated 100 miles to the west of the city on Monday, convention-goers will see strong winds and serious rain, but inconveniences will be minor, the mayor predicted in an appearance Saturday on Fox News.
"Every day after Monday ought to be fine," the mayor said.
The mayor said hurricane preparation is a fact of life on the Florida coast, and brushed aside criticism that his comments about cancelling the four-day event, which kicks off Monday, were driven more by political ideology than by concerns about the safety of convention-goers.
"For me, it's never been a partisan event," he said, adding that he "couldn't be prouder" to host the Republicans.
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