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2012 Republican National Convention Delayed By Tropical Storm Isaac

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: A woman opens her umbrellaas it rains before the start of the abbreviated first day of the Republican National Convention outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The RNC is scheduled to convene today, but will hold its first full session tomorrow after being delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Tropical Storm Isaac has put a damper on the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Forecasters expect the storm to reach hurricane strength and make landfall on the Gulf coast as soon as Tuesday.

Those weather concerns cut short the opening session of the convention Monday. Party officials planned to bang the gavel to kick things off, then clear out until Tuesday.

KPCC's Frank Stoltze joins the show from Tampa, where he is reporting on the convention. On Monday morning he attended a breakfast for the California delegation, where New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke. Christie will be the keynote speaker at the convention later this week.

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