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Biden calls off Tampa visit; Ryan to arrive Monday

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Biden calls off Tampa visit

Vice President Joe Biden has called off his two-day trip to Florida this week due to Tropical Storm Isaac. "This change in schedule is being taken out of an abundance of caution to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm, as well as those attending the activities in Tampa," the campaign said. Biden was to campaign Monday in Tampa and Tuesday in Orlando and St. Augustine.

Ryan expected in Florida on Monday

Mitt Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, will campaign in his hometown of Janesville on Monday before heading to Tampa to address convention delegates. The sendoff rally, which is scheduled to start shortly after noon, is being held at Joseph A. Craig High School, the school Ryan attended. Ryan is scheduled to fly to Florida after the rally, landing at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Monday afternoon, the Lakeland Ledger reported.

RNC accidentally posts platform draft

The Republican National Committee quickly pulled down a draft copy of its 2012 platform Friday afternoon after POLITICO discovered it hidden on the committee's website. The RNC has kept the document tightly held, refusing to share drafts with reporters. An apparent staff error led to its posting. The RNC would not confirm that what was posted Friday is the final platform language, but it matches amendments approved earlier in the week by the platform committee.

Expect to see plenty of Marco Rubio

He didn't get the vice presidential slot, but Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will be a ubiquitous presence at the RNC this week. Rubio is expected to kick off a convention media blitz this morning as a guest on CBS's Face the Nation. He'll appear on Fox tonight. On Monday, Rubio is scheduled to give a breakfast speech to the Florida delegation then appear on Andrea Mitchell's MSNBC program that afternoon. Monday night, he has scheduled a fundraiser for his election committee and Reclaim America PAC. All of Rubio's events, of course, could change.

Ad targets gay marriage rights

A group supportive of gay marriage rights plans to air an ad in Tampa this week featuring the Republican mayor of San Diego, who supports marriage equality. "As a Republican, I believe in conservative values like responsibility and limited government," San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says in the ad, titled "Family and Freedom," a project of the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry. "Marriage strengthens families, and we need more of it." The ad comes as the Republican platform committee last week rejected a call for supporting civil unions.

Scott scrapped speech early

Even before the RNC officially canceled Monday's convention program, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that he would not speak or attend any convention events. "As governor of this great state, I am responsible for all 19 million residents and visitors, and it is my duty to make sure we can quickly respond to the regions affected. While Tampa Bay has gotten a lot of attention due to the upcoming convention, I will unilaterally focus on the safety of every resident and community throughout the state," Scott said.

Times staff writers Alex Leary, Aaron Sharockman and Brittany Alana Davis and POLITICO staff writers James Hohmann and Tony Romm contributed to this report.

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