GOP Nomination May Be Moved To Monday Because Of Isaac

Remember when Hurricane Katrina was supposed to be punishment from God over abortion? What other possible explanation is there for the potential hurricane headed toward Tampa? I think the Baby Jesus is very, very mad at the Republican

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Remember when Hurricane Katrina was supposed to be punishment from God over abortion? What other possible explanation is there for the potential hurricane headed toward Tampa? I think the Baby Jesus is very, very mad at the Republican party!

TAMPA, Fla. – Mitt Romney’s quest to formally win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination may come two days earlier.

Plans are underway for Mr. Romney to be nominated on Monday – not Wednesday as previously thought – because of a potential threat from Tropical Storm Isaac and concerns about a possible disruption during the roll call vote from Ron Paul supporters at the Republican National Convention next week.

It is a change in the script from previous conventions, with the formal nomination on the eve of the acceptance speech. It is a formality, and Mr. Romney will still deliver his acceptance speech on Thursday evening, but the change would carry significance because Mr. Romney could accept general election money sooner.

“The roll call will take place on Monday,” said Jim Dyke, a convention spokesman, who dismissed suggestions that the schedule had changed. “We will go through the roll call in alphabetical order all the way through.”

As soon as Mr. Romney officially becomes the party’s presidential nominee, he can have access to the general election money he has spent months raising, putting him on the cusp of tapping into a significant financial advantage for the final two months of the race.

The convention schedule, according to discussions underway among party officials here, has as much to do with a desire to keep an orderly convention next week as it does with Isaac, the storm expected to develop into a hurricane as it moves toward Florida.

The roll call vote is also coming on Monday to get the official business of the convention out of the way, aides said, so it does not distract from the broader themes of the convention. The campaign had hoped that the television networks would cover the convention on Monday because Ann Romney is delivering her marquee speech that evening, but so far the networks have declined.

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