Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images
Delegates watch campaign videos of presidential candidate Mitt Romney after the chairman of the Republican National Convention (RNC) Reince Priebus gaveled the convention to order at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 27, 2012. Due to tropical storm Isaac, the convention was called to order and then immediate recess until the afternoon on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on Florida, Republicans largely canceled plans for the first day of the Republican National Convention, though the idea of extending the convention is reportedly being considered.
While most of Monday's speakers have been rescheduled for Tuesday or, in a few cases, Wednesday, what would the Monday evening schedule have looked like? Here's a look at video of the originally announced Monday evening speakers to help give you a feel for what that original message might have been.
- With the theme for the day "We Can Do Better," House Speaker John Boehner was the first scheduled evening speaker.
- Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been one of the most outspoken opponents of Obamacare, but he's the only Monday evening speaker yet to be rescheduled. Here's what he had to say about Obamacare and his support for Mitt Romney on Fox News:
- A recent interview with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus saying that President Obama has not met his promises and "he's not a man of his word":
- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul, just gave the weekly Republican address over the weekend, so his convention speech is likely to contain elements of this recent speech:
- Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers discussing the "War on Women" on MSNBC:
- Former Rep. Artur Davis, an African-American representative who switched from being a Democrat to being a Republican, explains why he switched parties:
- Ted Cruz, a Republican Senate candidate, offered a preview of his convention speech to a local news affiliate just days ago:
- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Mitt Romney last December; here she is appearing with Mitt Romney explaining why she chose to support Romney:
- Former governor, former presidential candidate and current Fox News host Mike Huckabee spoke at the Faith and Freedom rally just before the convention, including joking about his original convention slot being canceled:
- Puerto Rican First Lady Lucé Vela Fortuño was up next. Video of Fortuño is harder to come by, especially in English (about the best we could find is a PSA advising texting friends and family following a disaster or emergency rather than calling when sharing non-emergency messages), but she'll be introducing Mitt Romney's wife Ann Romney:
- Ann Romney's speech was originally scheduled for Monday, though she'd already been set to swap to Tuesday with Jeb Bush moving to Monday to give Ann Romney a primetime network slot. Instead, Jeb's been bumped once again to Thursday. Here's a recent stump speech he gave in support of Mitt Romney:
The Republican convention was already scheduled to be a day longer than the Democratic convention; in order to provide fair coverage, most networks were only going to air three nights of the Republican convention in primetime, so now all the nights of the convention will air — though only for an hour each night.
Oh, and the Monday entertainment has been bumped to Tuesday as well — country act the Oak Ridge Boys! Call this wild speculation, but I'm betting they'll be playing "American Made":