FEMA officials ready to help Florida, GOP's Tampa arena gets finishing touches
Republicans are changing plans for their convention now that some stormy weather is bearing down on Florida. YNN's Josh Robin is part of our political team covering the convention, and he joins us from the Tampa Bay Times Forum with more.
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As the Republican National Committee has several scaled back its Monday convention events in Tampa, Florida due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac, Florida Governor Rick Scott told reporters that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agents in the state ready to deal with the effects of the storm.
Florida Governor Rick Scott "FEMA's involved already, because of [Tropical Storm] Debby. There were about 245 individual FEMA [agents] in the state. They were ready to bring an additional hundred in and my understanding is they've brought some of those in already," said Florida Governor Rick Scott. "So we've got RNC, we've got FEMA, we've got local officials, the state officials, and at the state level we're at level 1, so all the statewide agencies are activated 24 hours a day."
Also on Sunday, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told CNN that the convention will quickly gavel in and out on Monday, and that the majority of tasks will take place in the remaining three days.
The roll-call vote to nominate Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee has now been delayed a day to Tuesday.
Meanwhile, RNC officials are putting finishing touches on the stage and floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
To the left of the stage, delegates are going to see a debt clock similar to the one in Times Square. It shows how Republicans feel that the national debt, which is currently at more than $15.9 trillion, ballooned to alarming levels under President Barack Obama.
On the back of stadium is the word "Change" written in white letters. The word was famously used by Obama's campaign four years ago, and now GOP organizers are hoping for a change of their own, letting a Republican occupy the White House.