Still dogged by Republican Missouri Representative Todd Akin's inflammatory statements about abortion and rape, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney acknowledged on Sunday that the controversy that flared from it has hurt the party.
In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Romney slammed Akin.
"I think it was uninformed. I think it was outrageous and offensive. I've asked him to get out of the race," said Romney. "I think I've distanced myself from the kinds of things he said as far as I possibly can."
Akin said, wrongly, that women's bodies are able to avoid pregnancy after a "legitimate" rape.
So far, Akin has refused to drop out of the race for the Senate.
Meanwhile, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday his party's national convention in Florida is being scaled down to three days because of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Speaking to CNN on Sunday morning, Priebus said organizers canceled most of Monday's scheduled events for the safety of delegates and other guests.
He said with a Monday start, people could have been left standing outside in the wind and the rain.
"If you get the arena here behind us full, and things end up deteriorating on Monday and you can't get people back, that's a problem," Priebus said. "And obviously we just had to, it's the right thing to do."
The convention will quickly gavel in and then out on Monday.
Priebus said convention business originally set for Monday, like the roll call vote, will now happen on Tuesday.
He said some speeches could be shortened, but organizers will still use the convention to further introduce Romney and to highlight what they call President Barack Obama's failures of the last four years.
As President Obama wrapped up a weekend at Camp David, Vice President Joe Biden has postponed his planned trip to Florida.
Biden was set to go to Orlando and St. Augustine, Fla. during the Republican National Convention to counter the GOP's message.
The campaign put off the trip, so law enforcement and emergency responders can focus on Tropical Storm Isaac.
The vice president previously canceled a stop in Tampa because of the weather.