Photos taken by CBS News’ Peter King

CBS’ Tom Foty checks out the pre-convention state of the Republican candidate and party.


Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th, exact time to follow.

Our first priority is ensuring the safety of delegates, alternates, guests, members of the media attending the Republican National Convention, and citizens of the Tampa Bay area. RNC Convention officials and the Romney campaign are working closely with state, local and federal officials, as well as the Secret Service, to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and preserve Florida’s emergency management resources. Officials have predicted participants may encounter severe transportation difficulties due to sustained wind and rain.

The Republican National Convention will take place and officially nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and the Party has other necessary business it must address. We also are remaining in constant contact with state and federal officials and may make additional schedule alterations as needed.

The Convention staff is working around-the-clock to ensure the delegations housed in storm-impacted areas have alternative housing if needed. The Committee on Arrangements will provide additional information to delegates and alternate delegates who are affected by Isaac by Sunday morning. We will also provide guidance to those delegates and alternate delegates who may encounter travel difficulties due to the storm.

We will begin issuing revised convention programming as early as Sunday.

We have an experienced team that will ensure changes are operationally smooth and create as little disruption as possible. The most important concern is safety, but our Convention program will proceed.


— RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

Ann and Mitt deplane with Paul Ryan in MI (both Ann & Paul boarded to say hi upon landing). Protesters near Romney at Mich event yelled: “where are the tax returns?” (Photos taken by Sarah Huisenga, CBS News and National Journal)

In Tampa, Fla. today, the GOP is prepping for the convention on a storm-free day. (Photos taken by Sarah Boxer, CBS News and National Journal)

From left to right, Logan Perakis and Farah Britto, two of our 2012 RNC CBS Radio News Runners. The convention center staff hooks up coaxial cables to our workspace. (Photos by Katiana Krawchenko)

We have set up shop at the 2012 Republican National Convention! (Photos taken by/starring our own Katiana Krawchenko)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney chooses Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate. CBS’ Matt Cherry discussed the selection with American University Journalism Professor Richard Benedetto.