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With the Republican national Convention in full swing, WGCU brings you the latest from inside the convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Instead of our regularly scheduled program ‘Gulf Coast Live’, today we’re bringing you special coverage of the convention with WUSF’s “Florida Matters.” Host Carson Cooper speaks with President and CEO of the RNC host committee, Ken Jones and former mayor of Tampa Pam Iorio about the convention’s economic, political and security impacts.

Florida Republican National Convention delegates had to sweat it out in suits waiting for buses hours late to their hotel Tuesday.

Sarasota County GOP chairman Joe Gruters jokes that it’s another sign the party was punishing Florida.

“Well you know we're paying the price. We were sent to purgatory for our past sins and unfortunately it took three hours to get from Innisbrook over to here.", said Gruter.

Many Florida Republicans believe their hotel is punishment for moving up Florida’s presidential primary.

Protestors Disrupt Rubio Speech

Aug 29, 2012
Gage Skidmore

The Florida delegates at the Republican National Convention may think they're far away from all of the action in Tampa. Florida was punished for moving up its primary – and the delegates are staying at a resort about an hour north of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. 

But part of the show around the convention managed to find its way to the delegates on Tuesday, when protesters interrupted a delegation breakfast during a speech by U-S Sen. Marco Rubio. 

Florida Delegates Deny Having an Extreme Platform

Aug 29, 2012

The Obama campaign is talking a lot about a “war on women.” They cite recent comments about rape by Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri and the recently passed Republican platform. But that characterization isn’t sitting well with Florida’s delegation to the Republican National Convention.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi told Florida’s convention delegates that she is, "...sick and tired of hearing that Mitt Romney is anti-women.” 

Westboro Baptist Makes an Appearance at RNC

Aug 29, 2012

A half dozen members of the Westboro Baptist Church held a short demonstration in downtown Tampa Tuesday.

The group, known for protesting against gays marriage and picketing funerals of American servicemen, drew the attention of a handful of media and curious passers-by.

Tampa attorney Michael Curry was among those who watched the somewhat limited action.

"I'm not surprised that they're here but I really don't have a thought either way. It's almost comical more than anything else.", said Curry.

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