Updated 08/30/2012 12:55 AM
Hurricane Concerns Still Present During Third Day Of RNC
As Hurricane Isaac pounded Louisiana on Wednesday, Republican officials chose to forge ahead with their convention, although they kept a wary eye on the Gulf Coast. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
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As Louisiana experienced the worst of Hurricane Isaac on Wednesday, the storm was a fading memory in Tampa, Fla.
The storm had forced the cancelation of Monday's program for the Republican National Convention program, but by Wednesday the convention was proceeding normally, with speeches and party pageantry.
RNC organizers, though, said they were still continuing to monitor the storm.
"We are in constant communication with federal, state and local authorities. And, you know, if we need to change our plans, we would do so accordingly," said convention spokesman Kyle Downey.
But any further changes are unlikely as the convention builds up to Mitt Romney's acceptance speech Thursday night.
Isaac, which was downgraded back to a tropical storm Wednesday, has caused massive flooding and power outages, but nothing near the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Still, it is clear the Republicans in sunny Tampa were wary of appearing insensitive. A number of speakers referenced the storm, including Ann Romney during the beginning of her big speech Tuesday night.
"I think we should all take this moment and recognize that fellow Americans are in its path and just hope and pray that all remain safe," she said.
The convention is also prominently encouraging donations to Red Cross relief efforts. Any concern that moving forward might appear callous was tempered by President Barack Obama's decision to maintain his campaign schedule.
Some Louisiana delegates were directly affected.
"We had a lot of our delegates that were from south Louisiana that were from the effected areas," said Louisiana delegate Duke Lowrie. "They had went home, you know, when it was looking that Isaac was going to go that direction."
"One of our delegates is not here tonight because she's, you know, just doesn't feel like coming and jumping up and down," said Louisiana delegate Shane French.
The convention is also prominently encouraging donations to Red Cross relief efforts.
Any concern that moving forward might appear callous was tempered by President Barack Obama's decision to maintain his campaign schedule. On Wednesday, the president addressed supporters in Charlottesville, Va.
Romney, meanwhile, after making a surprise appearance on stage on Tuesday night, addressed the American Legion in Indianapolis on Wednesday, acknowledging hurricane victims.
"Our thoughts are with them, our prayers go out to them and our country must do all we can to help them recover," said Romney.
As the convention winds down, it appears Isaac will continue to divert media coverage and public attention, as the slow-moving storm works its way inland.