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Tropical Storm Isaac threatens to wash out Republican National Convention

Texas GOP: Isaac won’t wash out our message

SAN ANTONIO - Organizers of the Republican National Convention, along with emergency personnel, are scrambling to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac which could become a category 1 hurricane by Monday.

That happens to be the opening day of the convention in Tampa, Fla.

Some forecast models show the storm is pushing further west, which would still put Tampa on the rainy side of the storm.

The city is still drying out from Tropical Storm Debby, which flooded parts of downtown Tampa two months ago, just blocks from where the convention will be held.

Members of the Texas GOP feel that no matter the storm's path, they're at a safe distance.

Delegates will be staying roughly 25 miles from the coast.

“We've been told the resort has been used as a staging area and refuge for emergency crews in the past because of its proximity to metro Tampa, but also because of its distance from the ocean,” said Chris Elam, deputy executive director of the Texas GOP.

The convention is set to go on as scheduled as organizers are in "wait and see" mode.

But what about the message of the convention? Could coverage of a possible hurricane drown out the mission of the GOP?

“I can assure you the message is going to come thru loud and clear,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “The American people are dying to have this adult conversation about solutions to our country’s biggest problems."

Tampa leaders say they are prepared to evacuate the city, if needed. Local law enforcement adds that the storm could complicate convention security.

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