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Mitt and Ann Romney preparing to speak at convention

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Romneys prep to take the party spotlight

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, spent Sunday evening at a New Hampshire high school auditorium rehearsing their speeches to the Republican National Convention.

The Romney campaign said the presumptive nominee expected to continue today preparing for his acceptance speech. Romney is scheduled to speak Thursday night at the convention while his wife is to address the delegates on Tuesday night.

Both were using a Teleprompter as part of their preparations. An electronic display of text isn't unusual for major speeches. Republicans have turned the mention of a Teleprompter into a laugh line and a dig at President Barack Obama because of his routine use of the device.

Romney briefly addressed reporters near his New Hampshire lakeside vacation home as aides and party officials scrambled to reorganize the convention because of weather concerns. He had been silent on the developing weather conditions, aside from a Twitter message Saturday night.

When asked about the storm, Romney said: "I hope everybody's fine there. I'm concerned about the people that are going to be affected by it." He also predicted "a great convention."

Jindal may skip time in Tampa

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's considering skipping his speaking engagement at the convention because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Jindal said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that he wouldn't leave his state while it's threatened by the storm. Around the time he spoke, a hurricane warning was issued for parts of the state east of Morgan City, which includes the New Orleans area.

Gingrich highlights breakfast schedule

The breakfast lineup for Florida delegates could be better, but it could be worse.

Florida's 50 delegates and 48 "honored guests" are scheduled to hear mainly from Florida Republicans during their week in Tampa. But the breakfast schedule, released by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, includes some prominent Republicans, including former presidential contender Newt Gingrich, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Marco Rubio.

Romney shares campaign wealth

Unlike President Barack Obama, who has drawn complaints for being stingy with his campaign cash, Mitt Romney is spreading the wealth among his GOP congressional allies.

Romney's biggest grossing committee last month steered at least $3 million to boost GOP congressional candidates who will share the ballot with him, according to finance reports filed last week.

Romney Victory, a fundraising committee set up by Romney's campaign and the Republican National Committee, transferred $1.5 million each to the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Times staff writers Alex Leary and POLITICO's Ken Vogel contributed to this report, which includes information from the Associated Press.

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