Convention condensed by storm begins in Florida

Convention condensed by storm begins in Florida

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: The Tampa Bay Times Forum is seen on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Tampa is preparing for the start of the Republican National Convention at the Forum. The RNC is scheduled to convene on Monday and will hold its first session on August 28 as Tropical Storm Isaac has caused disruptions due to its proximity to the city. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 28 at 10:22 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Republican National Convention is under way in Tampa, Fla., with a significantly abbreviated Monday schedule and only a smattering of delegates in attendance.

With Tropical Storm Isaac forcing organizers to cancel most of the opening-day program, party Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) pounded the gavel, citing the convention rules requiring a 2 p.m. Monday start.

Two minutes later, he recessed the session.

Priebus then instructed delegates to look up at two "debt clocks" -- one that reflects the actual national debt and a second that counts up rising debt during the convention. The latter was quickly in six figures.

The convention gets into full gear tomorrow, just as forecasters say Isaac could reach hurricane strength and make landfall somewhere between Mississippi and New Orleans.

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GRAPHICSBANK: Tampa Bay Times Forum, site of 2012 Republican National Convention, Tampa, Florida, partial graphic (27 Aug 2012)

APPHOTO RNC106: Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus gavels open the abbreviated first session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (27 Aug 2012)

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APPHOTO RNC729: Many empty chairs are seen on the convention floor as Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus speaks to delegates during an abbreviated session the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (27 Aug 2012)

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