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by Sharon Rondeau

The Republican National Convention will officially begin at 2:00 p.m. today, but all delegates will not convene until Tuesday due to Hurricane Isaac.

(Aug. 27, 2012) — The Post & Email joined a conference call at 10:00 a.m. EDT presented by the Republican National Committee outlining the schedule for today.  The call lasted ten minutes.  The audio was not of good quality, as the voices of the several people who spoke were broken up occasionally.

The convention had been scheduled to begin on Monday, but the expected arrival of Hurricane Isaac prompted the RNC to cancel the opening-day ceremonies and scheduled speakers.  The official nomination of the president and vice-presidential candidates will be made at the convention, which will now run from Tuesday through Thursday.

One of the spokesmen said that the RNC’s primary concern was for those in the path of the hurricane.  When asked if any delegates were unable to travel to the convention because of the storm, the spokesman said that he believed all delegates would be in attendance.  “We have a wait-and-see attitude with respect to the storm,” the spokesman said.

There will be two “debt clocks” posted at the convention:  one which will begin at the official kickoff today, and a second one which will show how much the national debt has risen between the start and end of the convention.

Another topic of discussion mentioned by a spokesperson was “how and why Obama failed and how his leadership has really failed the American people.”

Media updates are available here.

At the time of the call, a “Briefing on Obama Economy’s Impact on Women” was scheduled for 1:00 p.m., but notification has since been distributed to the media that that event has been “rescheduled for later in the week.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus will officially announce the convention’s opening at 2:00 p.m. today, after which a video, the topic of which we could not hear due to the in-and-out audio, will be aired.

Someone on the call asked why Donald Trump’s presentation had not been rescheduled, and the response from one of the spokesmen was that his understanding was that Trump had obligations for the remaining days of the convention.  “It is my understanding that Mr. Trump was in town yesterday.  He was scheduled for today, but it was canceled, and he couldn’t make it the rest of the week,” the spokesman said.

Trump had said that he had “a big surprise” to present at the convention which appears to involve something about Barack Hussein Obama’s background.

Speaker of the House John Boehner will officially close the convention on Thursday.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the presumptive nominees for president and vice president, respectively, call themselves “America’s Comeback Team.”

Live streaming of the convention is being provided by The United West organization.


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