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Republican National Convention opens, recesses

Republican officials, after calling a rain delay for Monday, released a revised schedule for their national convention this week on the Florida Gulf Coast.

The rain delay was forced by forecasts for Tropical Storm Isaac, which late last showed the storm developing into a hurricane with Tampa in its potential path.

Today (Aug. 27), with Isaac moving on a northwest path, not even severe tropical storm conditions had materialized in the area. But concerns were high for New Orleans.

The convention was gaveled open at 2 p.m. today and then quickly put into recess until Aug. 28. The revised convention schedule, with speakers reassigned to a three-day program instead of a four-day program, is:

Tuesday, Aug. 28

2 p.m.: Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus, Color Guard Knights of Columbus, Pledge of Allegiance by former Gov. Tim Babcock of Montana and Tom Hogan of Florida, National anthem sung by Philip Alongi, Invocation by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Opening procedural steps, appointment of convention committees, Welcoming remarks, and House and Senate candidates and RNC auxiliaries, RNC chairman Priebus, RNC co-chairman Sharon Day, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Convention CEO William Harris, Chairman of Tampa Bay Host Committee Al Austin, Republican congressional candidates, state Del. Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Rep. Tim Griffin or Arkansas, Republican Senate candidates, Republican National Committee auxiliaries, Consideration of convention committee reports, RNC chairman Reince Priebus, Committee on Credentials chairman Mike Duncan, Committee on Permanent Organization chairwoman Zoraida Fonalledas, House Speaker John Boehner, Official convention photograph, Committee on Rules chairman John Sununu, Committee on Resolutions chairman Gov. Bob McDonnell, Committee on Resolutions co-chairman U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, Committee on Resolutions co-chairman U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Roll Call for nomination of president, Roll Call for nomination of vice president.

6:40 p.m.: Recess.

7:00 p.m.: Reconvene, Remarks by House Speaker John Boehner, Remarks by RNC chairman Reince Priebus, Video and remarks by Mayor Mia Love of Utah, Remarks by actress Janine Turner, Remarks by former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Remarks by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

8 p.m.: Remarks by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, accompanied by Jack Gilchrist, Remarks by Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, Remarks by Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Remarks by Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, accompanied by Bev Gray, Remarks by Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. 

9 p.m: Remarks by Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Remarks by Sher Valenzuela, a small business owner and candidate for Delaware lieutenant governor), Remarks by Senate candidate Ted Cruz of Texas, Remarks by Artur Davis, Remarks by Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolian.

10 p.m.: Remarks by Mrs. Luce' Vela Fortuno, Remarks by Mrs. Ann Romney, Keynote remarks by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Benediction by Sammy Rodriguez, Adjournment.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

7 p.m.: Convention convenes, Call to order, Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team, Pledge of Allegiance by retired Brig. Gen. Patrick E. Rea, US Army, National Anthem sung by Ayla Brown, Invocation by Ishwar Singh, Ron Paul video, Remarks by Sen. Republican leader and convention temporary chairman Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Remarks by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Remarks by Christopher Devlin-Young and Jeanine McDonnell.

8 p.m.: Remarks by Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi of Florida and Attorney General Sam Olens of Georgia, Remarks by Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Remarks by Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, Remarks by Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.

9 p.m.: Remarks by Gov. Luis Fortuno of Puerto Rico, Remarks by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, “Bush 41, 43” film, Remarks by cable news host Mike Huckabee.

10 p.m.: Remarks by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Remarks by governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Remarks by vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios, Adjournment.

Thursday, Aug. 30

7 p.m.: Convention convenes, Call to order, Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team, Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka, National Anthem sung by SEVEN, Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins, Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack of Florida, “Reagan Legacy” video, Remarks by Newt and Callista Gingrich, Remarks by Craig Romney.

8 p.m.: Remarks by former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign, Remarks by Grant Bennett, Remarks by Tom Stemberg.

9 p.m.: Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce, Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode.

10 p.m.: Remarks by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned.

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