News / USA

Republicans Ready for Tuesday's Convention Open

Workers place a Romney-Ryan campaign sign inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.
Workers place a Romney-Ryan campaign sign inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.
TAMPA, Florida — Members of the Republican Party are gathering in Tampa, Florida amid the threat of bad weather for their week-long U.S. presidential nominating convention.  Convention organizers have canceled their Monday program because of the approach of Tropical Storm Issac and hope to get down to business on Tuesday.
 
Security officers were out in force as delegates, visitors and members of the news media arrived in droves at Tampa International Airport.
 
But the main concern is the weather threat posed by Isaac.  The storm is expected to pass to the west of Tampa on Monday.  And organizers were concerned that the heavy rain and high winds predicted for the area could complicate efforts to get delegates and visitors to the convention hall.
 
Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus spoke Sunday on the CBS television program Face the Nation.
 
“Obviously, you can’t be assured what would happen on Monday if you had a full arena and then couldn’t get people out of here," he said. "So it’s an obvious choice - safety first.”

Convention officials say they hope the storm will stay far to the west of Tampa as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico, enabling them to open their national nominating convention on Tuesday.
 
The convention will build to a climax later in the week when Republicans will formally nominate former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate to face President Barack Obama.  They will also nominate Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as Romney's vice presidential running mate.  Ryan is scheduled to give his acceptance speech on Wednesday. 

Romney will have his moment in the spotlight on Thursday when an estimated 30 to 40 million people will be watching on national television.
 
Romney has made President Obama’s handling of the economy a key issue in this year’s election.  But political experts say Romney's acceptance speech will be a key moment in the campaign as he seeks to make a personal connection with voters.
 
“Well, what Romney needs to do is to make voters who think he is not their guy to reevaluate and say, 'Well, I ought to take a second look at him.'  And conventions offer that opportunity," said  Peter Brown, who is with the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  "The entire convention will be focused on Romney, his family, his values and his history. ”
 
The list of convention speakers for Tuesday’s opening session include Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  Christie is a favorite of conservatives because of his blunt speaking style.  He will deliver the convention keynote speech, the address that will lay out the Republican Party's themes for the week.
 
2012 Republican Convention

- August 27-30 in Tampa, Florida
- Brings together 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternative delegates
- Will be covered by up to 15,000 members of the media
- Direct economic impact will be $175-$200 million
- More than 7,500 volunteers are expected
In the past, political conventions of both major parties - the Democrats and the Republicans - typically chose their presidential candidates.  But in recent decades, the conventions have become more scripted, designed to build support for their respective presidential nominees.

Candidates hope to benefit from what is called a post-convention "bounce" in public opinion surveys that could help them in the final weeks of the campaign leading up to Election Day in November.
 
“Romney wants an enthusiastic convention," said Norman Ornstein, a political analyst with the Washington D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute.  "He wants to have a sense that people are excited about him, which has been a real problem for him up to now.”
 
A convention boost for Romney could be important this year because public opinion polls show the race is very close.  The Democrats will meet next week in Charlotte, North Carolina to hold their convention and nominate President Obama for a second four-year term.

Related report by Suzanne Presto:

Republicans Descend on Tampa, Floridai
|| 0:00:00
X
August 27, 2012 3:05 AM
The thousands of Republican Party members descending on the city of Tampa are joined by an unwanted visitor - a tropical storm that threatens to reach hurricane strength. This week, Republicans will nominate a former state governor, Mitt Romney, as their candidate for U.S. president at the Republican National Convention. The party chose to hold its convention in Florida, a hurricane-prone southeastern state that most analysts say Romney must win if he is to defeat President Barack Obama in November. VOA’s Suzanne Presto has more from Tampa.

Loading...

You May Like

China May Be Biggest Winner From Ukraine Crisis

Missile sales, oil and gas shipments are among many areas that may drive Beijing and Moscow closer together in coming years More

Obama Faces Chaotic World, Limits of Power

Current foreign policy issues bring into focus challenges for US policymakers who are mindful of Americans' waning appetite for overseas military engagements More

SADC Meeting Lesotho Officials to Resolve Stalemate

Official says regional bloc has been engaged with leaders in Lesotho to resolve political disagreement that led to coup attempt More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015i
X
Carol Pearson
August 30, 2014 7:14 PM
A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.
Video

Video Cost to Raise Child in US Continues to Rise

The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 before that child turns 18. And sending that child to college more than doubles that amount. VOA’s Deborah Block visited with a couple with one child in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn if the report reflects their lifestyle.
Video

Video Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future

Afghanistan’s troubled presidential election continues to be rocked by turmoil as an audit of the ballots drags on. The U.N. says the recount will not be completed before September 10. Observers say repeated disputes and delays are threatening the orderly transfer of power and could have dangerous consequences. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Ukraine Battles Pro-Russia Rebel Assault

After NATO concluded an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the country is struggling to contain heavy fighting near the strategic port of Mariupol, on the Azov Sea. Separatist rebels are trying to capture the city, allegedly with Russian military help, and Ukraine's defense forces are digging in. VOA's Daniel Schearf spoke with analysts about what lies ahead for Ukraine.
Video

Video Growing Business Offers Paint with a Twist of Wine

Two New Orleans area women started a small business seven years ago with one thing in mind: to help their neighbors relieve the stress of coping with a hurricane's aftermath. Today their business, which pairs painting and a little bit of wine, has become one of the fastest growing franchises across the U.S. VOA’s June Soh met the entrepreneurs at their newest franchise location in the Washington suburbs.
Video

Video Ebola Vaccine Trials To Begin Next Week

The National Institutes of Health says it is launching early stage trials of a vaccine to prevent the Ebola virus, which has infected or killed thousands of people across West Africa. The World Health Organization says Ebola could infect more than 20,000 people across the region by the time the outbreak is over. The epidemic has health experts and governments scrambling to prevent more people from becoming infected. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Asian Bacteria Threatens Florida Orange Trees

Florida's citrus fruit industry is facing a serious threat from a bacteria carried by the Asian insect called psyllid. The widespread infestation again highlights the danger of transferring non-native species to American soil. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Aging Will Reduce Economic Growth Worldwide in Coming Decades

The world is getting older, fast. And as more people retire each year, fewer working-age people will be there to replace them. Bond rating agency Moody’s says that will lead to a decline in household savings; reducing global investments - which in turn, will lead to slower economic growth around the world. But experts say it’s not too late to mitigate the economic impact of the world’s aging populations. Mil Arcega has more.
Video

Video Is West Doing Enough to Tackle Islamic State?

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq to fight militants of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, despite officials in Washington describing the extremist group as the biggest threat the United States has faced in years. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the growing uncertainty over whether the West’s response to ISIS will be enough to defeat the terrorist threat.
Video

Video Coalition to Fight Islamic State Could Reward Assad

The United States along with European and Mideast allies are considering a broader assault against Islamic State fighters who have spread from Syria into Iraq and risk further destabilizing an already troubled region. But as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, confronting those militants could end up helping the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Video

Video Made in America Socks Get Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.
Video

Video Americans, Ex-Pats Send Relief Supplies to West Africa

Health organizations from around the world are sending supplies and specialists to the West African countries that are dealing with the worst Ebola outbreak in history. On a smaller scale, ordinary Americans and African expatriates living in the United States are doing the same. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

AppleAndroid