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Storm-shortened RNC watching Isaac, and the debt



Isaac is far offshore and barreling toward the Gulf Coast states, but the huge tropical storm might as well have an all-access pass at the Republican National Convention. Convention organizers say they will re-assess the schedule if the storm becomes a hurricane and causes serious damage in the coming days. 

"We will be watching the storm and seeing where it goes and make determinations based on that," Romney strategist Russ Schriefer told reporters. "I'm not going to answer the hypothetical what-if, what-if ... We're always re-visiting. If we're not anything, we're quick and nimble."

Wednesday is the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and surrounding areas in 2005.

Conventioneering Republicans also will call attention to the national debt with two debt clocks in the Tampa Bay Times Forum. One will tally the cumulative growth in the debt during the three-day convention and a second clock will start at zero when RNC Chairman Reince Priebus gavels the convention to order Monday afternoon. Asked whether Republicans already know what the number will be when the event ends, Schriefer told reporters: "I'd rather have that be something we find out at the end of the fourth day."

[Last modified: Monday, August 27, 2012 10:54am]


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