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GOP: Show will go on in spite of Tropical Storm Isaacs threat
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Officials with the Republican National Convention have cut virtually all of the activities scheduled for Monday and compressed what was to be a four-day convention to three days, running Tuesday through Thursday. A look at the revised schedule (all times are EDT):


• 2 p.m.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus will call the convention to order and start a "debt clock," before announcing a recess.


• 2 p.m.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

Color Guard Knights of Columbus

Pledge of Allegiance by former Govs. Tim Babcock of Montana, and Tom Hogan of Florida

National Anthem sung by Philip Alongi

Invocation by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik

Opening procedural steps, appointment of convention committees

Welcoming remarks, and House and Senate candidates and RNC auxiliaries

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, D-Fla.

William Harris, convention chief executive officer

Al Austin, chairman of Tampa Bay host committee

Republican congressional candidates

State Del. Barbara Comstock, R-Va.

Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark.

Republican Senate candidates

Republican National Committee auxiliaries

Consideration of convention committee reports

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

Mike Duncan, chairman, Committee on Credentials

Zoraida Fonalledas, chairwoman, Committee on Permanent Organization

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, convention permanent chairman

Official Convention Photograph

Committee on Rules Chairman John Sununu

Committee on Resolutions Chairman Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va.

Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

Roll call for nomination of president of the United States

Roll call for nomination of vice president of the United States

•6:40 p.m.


•7 p.m.


Remarks by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio

Remarks by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

Video and remarks by Utah congressional candidate and Mayor Mia Love, R-Saratoga Spring.

Remarks by Janine Turner

Remarks by former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.

Remarks by Host, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.

•8 p.m.

Remarks by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., accompanied by Jack Gilchrist

Remarks by Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio

Remarks by Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla.

Remarks by Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., accompanied by Bev Gray

Remarks by Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis.

•9 p.m.

Remarks by Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev.

Remarks by Sher Valenzuela

Remarks by Republican Senate candidate Ted Cruz of Texas

Remarks by Artur Davis

Remarks by Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C.

•10 p.m.

Remarks by Luce' Vela Fortuño

Remarks by Ann Romney

Remarks by Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.

Benediction by Sammy Rodriguez



•7 p.m.

Call to order

Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team

Pledge of Allegiance by Brig. Gen. Patrick E. Rea, U.S. Army (Ret.)

National Anthem sung by Ayla Brown

Invocation by Ishwar Singh

Ron Paul video

Remarks by Senate Republican leader and Convention Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Remarks by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Remarks by Christopher Devlin-Young and Jeanine McDonnell

•8 p.m.

Remarks by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi, R-Fla., Attorney General Sam Olens, R-Ga.

Remarks by Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.

Remarks by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.

Remarks by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio

•9 p.m.

Remarks by Gov. Luis Fortuño, R-Puerto Rico

Remarks by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.

Bush 41, 43 film

Remarks by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.

•10 p.m.

Remarks by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Remarks by Gov. Susana Martinez, R-N.M.

Remarks by vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios



•7 p.m.

Call to order

Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team

Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka

National Anthem sung by SEVEN

Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins

Remarks by Republican Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla.

Reagan Legacy Video

Remarks by former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and wife Callista Gingrich

Remarks by Craig Romney

•8 p.m.

Remarks by former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla.

Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign

Remarks by Grant Bennett

Remarks by Tom Stemberg

•9 p.m.

Remarks by former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, R-Mass.

Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts secretary of workforce

Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode

•10 p.m.

Remarks by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney

Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, declares convention end

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tuesday's brunch with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and House Speaker John Boehner has been moved indoors. Schedules were rearranged to fill an open Monday evening. Sandbags were in place outside the hotel housing the 800-strong California delegation.

The threat of Tropical Storm Isaac left delegates to the Republican National Convention recalibrating Sunday but insistent that the show will go on with just a few modifications due to the weather. The GOP postponed most of Monday's lineup, cramming four days of events into three with hopes for a major send-off for Mitt Romney on Thursday.

"I think frankly Thursday night is going to be the big show ... and nobody can articulate Romney's message better than Romney," said Jim Poolman, vice chairman of the North Dakota GOP. "Wednesday will be important for Paul Ryan to introduce himself to (the country). And those two nights won't change."

Poolman arrived in the Tampa area Sunday afternoon and was settling in. He said if Monday's opening forum is abbreviated, he will likely stick around his Treasure Island hotel to get some work done.

A revised convention schedule shows a brief Monday session that Romney's chief convention planner said would last no more than five minutes.

Mitch Zak, media director of California's delegation, said a lot of events were being reorganized because of the storm.

One that went off as planned was Sunday night's kickoff party. Delegates flowed into Tropicana Field, taking advantage of the welcome event organized by the convention host committee.

The home of the Tampa Bay Rays was transformed from baseball field into a party zone featuring three separate stages that showcased acts such as country music star Rodney Atkins, belly dancers and cheerleaders. Delegates got to drink as well as take in Cuban food and local seafood.

Organizers said that roughly 20,000 people had been invited, but they were not certain how much the potential threat of Tropical Storm Isaac would discourage people from attending. Ken Jones, president and CEO of the 2012 Republican National Committee host convention, defended going ahead with the event despite the storm threat.

"It's really less about the partying atmosphere and really more about promoting Tampa Bay," Jones said. "We are on a world stage right now. We are going to showcase our city to the world."

A Monday breakfast with speakers such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman was moved to a new room inside the TradeWinds hotel on the water near Tampa. The brunch with Rice, Boehner and California Rep. Darrell Issa, was planned for an outside venue, but will now be held within the hotel.

"They're putting some sandbags up outside and we'll just have to wait and see, and hope Isaac is kind," Zak said, noting that 90 percent of his delegation has arrived.

"The staff and the organizers are focusing on the logistics," Zak said. "Everyone has arrived with a sense of energy. So we're all rolling with this."

The latest weather reports showed Isaac heading farther west of Tampa, but hurricane warnings were issued from the New Orleans area to the Florida Panhandle.

Zak saw no effect on the mood of the convention, or Romney's ability to get his message out.

"We're ready to blow the roofs off on Tuesday night," he said. "We're going to give him one hell of a send-off."

The inclement weather, if anything, will "demonstrate that the Republican Party is resilient and committed to America," Zak added.

Tom Del Beccaro, chairman of the California GOP, said the delay "will only result in some pent-up energy but otherwise won't affect us that much."

At least one delegate was concerned about the fast-changing schedule.

Shane Goettle, a North Dakota delegate who lost a GOP congressional primary earlier this year, said he was worried that some Republican Senate candidates would be bumped from the schedule, including his state's nominee, Rep. Rick Berg.

Indeed, the revised schedule released Sunday showed Berg was not among those who kept their speaking slots.

"As a delegate from North Dakota, I'd very much like to see him up there," Goettle said.

Goettle planned to attend a business meeting that has been moved to Tuesday. For the down times in between, he said, "it's an opportunity for our delegation to bond."

Michele M. Mustello and her sister, Marci, drove 18 to 20 hours from Butler, Pa., to Tampa and arrived Sunday.

Mustello said she'd play Monday by ear, depending on how the convention agenda has changed. But for now, none of the luncheons or mixers she planned to attend had been canceled.