RNC Marchers Take to the Streets of Downtown Tampa

Aug 28, 2012
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The first day of the Republican National Convention might have been canceled, but that didn't stop a march by a coalition of about a dozen protest groups. The wet weather put a damper on their numbers, but apparently not their spirit.

It was in some ways anti-climatic. A protest that had been in the planning stages for months - with projections of more than 5,000 people clogging Tampa's downtown - fizzled in the rain.

Estimates ranged from 300 to 500 protesters at Perry Harvey Park. There seemed to be as many journalists as protesters.

Florida Delegates First Day

Aug 28, 2012

Even as events were canceled because of the weather, Florida’s delegates to the Republican National Convention managed to stay busy Monday. 

The Florida delegation started the party Sunday night with a convention kickoff at Tropicana Field. Then buses brought them back to their hotel for another reception. 

Steve Zieman from Gulf Breeze in the Panhandle drank a beer and smiled after getting an update on Isaac. He almost didn’t make it. He noted, “I had to decide whether or not the storm was really going to go on that course. But I wanted to support America.”

Small Turnout for First Major RNC Protest

Aug 28, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac not only postponed today's RNC activities in Tampa, but dampened the turnout for the first major protest.

An estimated 300 to 500 protestors took part in the "March on the RNC," compared to the 5,000 that organizers had predicted.

Dianne Mathiowetz  of Atlanta, Georgia, made the trip. She's marching both here and at the Democratic Convention next week, saying there's no real difference between either side.

Ron Paul Has Fun With RNC Snub

Aug 28, 2012
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U.S. Rep. Ron Paul had a little fun with his exclusion from the Republican National Convention.

At a Tampa rally Sunday, Paul said he got an unexpected call.

"There's been a lot of talk about whether or not I would get to speak at the convention. And of course I had about written than off. But today I got a call from the RNC. And they said they changed their mind and they're going to give me whole hour and I can say whatever I want - tomorrow night."

Of course Monday's Republican National Convention session was canceled over concerns about Tropical Storm Isaac.

Scott Bows Out of RNC as Convention Loses a Day

Aug 26, 2012

It happened in quick succession last night, right after hurricane forecasters suggested Isaac could make landfall in the Panhandle as a Category Two hurricane. Governor Rick Scott was in Plantation, giving an update at the Broward County Emergency operations center. He told reporters,

"I'm going to withdraw from all of my rnc activities on my Monday. I was honored to have the opportunity to give a speech at the convention but I'm going to cancel my speech, cancel all of my rnc activities on Monday."