AirTalk for August 27th, 2012

GOP convention convenes for abbreviated session

Tampa Prepares For Republican National Convention And Potential Hurricane

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Workers hang a sign ahead of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.

As Tropical Storm Isaac proved to rear its ugly head, GOP convention officials in Florida acquiesced and canceled Monday's events. However, the spirit of the convention is still alive and well and Republicans are going strong on the ground.

They're staying on message with today's theme being "We Can Do Better," and the media and journalists are still providing coverage and analysis of the goings on despite a few raindrops here or there. The stalwart GOP is saying that the loss of a day won't have an adverse effect on them getting their message out to the American people. But it did already have an effect on the welcoming party last night at Tropicana Field, which was expecting 20,000 and only garnered half that.

How will the GOP manage to get its word out despite these environmental circumstances? Will the gamble to hold the convention in Tampa end up affecting the election?


Jonathan Collegio, Communications Director for American Crossroads, Karl Rove's super PAC

Jonathan Wilcox, Republican Strategist; former speech writer for Governor Pete Wilson

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