Headliners for Republican convention moved to different days - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Isaac forces speaker shuffle at the Republican National Convention

Tropical Storm Isaac forces GOP to change convention plans. (Source: CNN) Tropical Storm Isaac forces GOP to change convention plans. (Source: CNN)

TAMPA, FL (RNN) - With one less day than they intended for festivities, Republican National Convention organizers found themselves scrambling over the weekend to fit speakers into new slots after tropical storm Isaac forced them to cancel Monday events.

A number of speakers slated for Monday - like South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and former Alabama Democratic Congressman-turned-Republican Artur Davis - have found new speaking slots later in the week.

A few non-headlining speakers got cut altogether, and others canceled their appearances to deal with the approaching storm.

The headlining speakers, however, will still speak during the 10 to 11 p.m. ET hour.

"We eliminated parts of the program that weren't essential in order to retain our headliners," Romney adviser Russ Schriefer said during a conference call Sunday evening. "We're increasing the time of the events." 

Schriefer said the convention festivities will also start a half hour earlier and they'll be making some of the  speeches shorter.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, originally scheduled to speak Tuesday, canceled his speech to focus on Isaac. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is considering skipping the convention as forecasters predict a landfall of the storm somewhere from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle, possibly as a Category 2 hurricane.

Originally scheduled as a full day of events, Monday's session will be cut to a five to 10 minute gaveling in of the convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, which will almost immediately go into recess until Tuesday.

Copyright 2012 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • WCU reopens med school building damaged in January tornado

    WCU reopens med school building damaged in January tornado

    Thursday, July 27 2017 8:25 PM EDT2017-07-28 00:25:27 GMT
    A ribbon is cut Thursday to reopen the College of Osteopathic Medicine's Simulation Center at William Carey University. Photo credit WDAM.A ribbon is cut Thursday to reopen the College of Osteopathic Medicine's Simulation Center at William Carey University. Photo credit WDAM.

    William Carey University has officially reopened one of its medical school buildings that was damaged in the January tornado.

    More >>

    William Carey University has officially reopened one of its medical school buildings that was damaged in the January tornado.

    More >>
  • What is the Heat Index?

    What is the Heat Index?

    Thursday, July 27 2017 6:34 PM EDT2017-07-27 22:34:33 GMT

    Heat Index, you hear Rex, Nick, & I talk about it nearly everyday in the summer. We all have a basic idea of what it is but do you know what it actually measures and why it's important? To answer these questions you have to know why it was invented. According to Daniel Lamb with the National Weather Service in Jackson, "Heat index was created to help measure the degree heat stress on humans that can occur with the combination of high temperatures and high humidity." An...

    More >>

    Heat Index, you hear Rex, Nick, & I talk about it nearly everyday in the summer. We all have a basic idea of what it is but do you know what it actually measures and why it's important? To answer these questions you have to know why it was invented. According to Daniel Lamb with the National Weather Service in Jackson, "Heat index was created to help measure the degree heat stress on humans that can occur with the combination of high temperatures and high humidity." An...

    More >>
  • Bond set for church burglary suspects

    Bond set for church burglary suspects

    Thursday, July 27 2017 6:21 PM EDT2017-07-27 22:21:07 GMT
    Roderick ZamoraRoderick Zamora

    Bond was set for two Jones County church burglary suspects on Thursday.  The two individuals, who authorities say are responsible for a rash of church burglaries, made their initial appearances in court on Thursday.   Roderick Zamora, 30 of Ovett, was positively identified by his parole officer. A search warrant was issued for his arrest. Zamora was taken into custody on Wednesday, July 26, at his mother’s residence in Ovett. He was later questioned about the burglari...

    More >>

    Bond was set for two Jones County church burglary suspects on Thursday.  The two individuals, who authorities say are responsible for a rash of church burglaries, made their initial appearances in court on Thursday.   Roderick Zamora, 30 of Ovett, was positively identified by his parole officer. A search warrant was issued for his arrest. Zamora was taken into custody on Wednesday, July 26, at his mother’s residence in Ovett. He was later questioned about the burglari...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly