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RNC's Reince Priebus says GOP concerned about Isaac, but show must go on



With projections that increasingly show Florida is in the path of Tropical Storm Isaac, Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus said Thursday that officials are taking every precaution that next week's convention will be held in a "safe environment."

"We're obviously concerned about the safety of our guests," he said.

But cancelling the convention won't be an option.

"We're going to have a convention,'' Priebus said.

When asked by reporters if the GOP might have to shorten the convention or move it to avoid the storm's projected Monday landfall, Priebus replied: "I'm not going to get into hypotheticals."

"We have contingency plans should we need them," Priebus said. "We just wait and see what we'll have to do."

In a statement, convention CEO William Harris said they are "working in consultation with the Romney/Ryan campaign, are in regular contact with the National Weather Service, Gov. (Rick) Scott and local emergency officials in an effort to track and understand the potential impact of the storm."

Harris said, "We continue to move forward with our planning and look forward to a successful convention."

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[Last modified: Thursday, August 23, 2012 12:56pm]


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