GOP Convention Prep
We here at CapTon are engaged in last-minute preparations for our trip to Tampa, FL to cover the GOP national convention (assuming it is not rained out by Isaac).
We’ll be leaving tomorrow afternoon and, weather permitting, bringing you our first live show Monday night at 8 p.m. from the Tampa Bay Times Forum skybox we’ll be sharing with NY1 and other YNN outlets during convention week.
The roll call vote during which Mitt Romney will be officially nominated is scheduled to be held Monday, in part to due concerns about the weather and possible disruption by dedicated Ron Paul supporters.
Romney himself is not scheduled to speak until Thursday, the last night of the convention.
It looks like Isaac, whose slow progress everyone – including our executive producer Michael Johnson (AKA MJ) – has been carefully tracking, has taken a turn to the west.
That means it won’t be directly hitting Tampa, but there nevertheless could be considerable storm-related complications – heavy rain, wind and flooding.
Tampa officials are worried about a possible storm surge that could flood low-lying areas such as beachfront hotels and the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the hub of the convention.
Almost two dozen state delegations – including New York’s, with whom we’re embedded – are staying at the beach.
Some 27 delegations are at hotels across the bay off from the convention center. So, if high winds cause bridge closures, hundreds will be re-routed on a long drive to get to the official proceedings – that is, of course, if flooding doesn’t close the local roads.
In short, it’s going to be quite an adventure over the next few days. We’ll be keeping you posted here on CapTon and also on Twitter. (Search “Capital Tonight” to find us, and it’s “Capital” with an “A”).
The weather has caused the Democrats to cancel VP Joe Biden’s trip to Florida – for the moment, anyway.
He was supposed to be in town to participate in the DNC’s counter-convention war room, which has an official name – Romney Economics: Wrong for the Middle Class – and officially opens for business tomorrow.
Here’s the advisory sent out last night by the Obama campaign:
“Due to disaster preparedness and local security concerns, Vice President Biden’s trip to Tampa, Florida on Monday, August 27 for campaign events has been postponed.”
“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.”
“Additional details and media logistics for the Vice President’s stops in Orlando and St. Augustine, Florida on August 28 are forthcoming and subject to change due to weather-related precautions.”
Also released by the Democrats today:
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