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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn tells CNN "public safety is going to trump politics" if Isaac looms too close

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220px-mayorbuckhorn_hires.jpgTampa mayor Bob Buckhorn reassured TV viewers on CNN today that he didn't think Tropical Storm Isaac would impact the city during the Republican National Convention next week, and that we have several days to watch the system's approach before there's any real alarm.

But he also made is clear he would cancel or postpone the RNC if it became obvious the area would have to deal with a major storm system impacting the city.

"Obviously, public safety is going to trump politics," he told host Soledad O'Brien on her show Starting Point. "If we had to make that decision, to cancel to postpone or to move the convention, we will do that knowing full well that my obligation and the city's obligation is to move people out of harm's way. The politics will take care of itself."

As CNN noted, the Tampa Bay area hasn't been directly hit by a hurricane since 1946, though close passage of systems such as Hurricane Elena and Tropical Storm Debby have brought significant flooding and winds locally.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 1:26pm]

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