RNC announces updated convention schedule for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Republican National Convention. SOURCE: GOPConvention2012.com

The Republican National Committee has officially scrapped Monday’s session due to Tropical Storm Isaac and will move forward with the convention on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

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“We are continuing to plan for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, but at the same time, we’re obviously monitoring what is going on with the weather. Our concern has to be with the people and we’re in the path of the storm. All of this has been taken into consideration,” said Russ Schriefer, Romney for President Strategist, during Sunday’s conference call.

The updated RNC schedule will not affect the primetime lineups for the 10 p.m.-11 p.m. slot from Tuesday through Thursday.

Mrs. Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will speak on Tuesday night as originally planned. Wednesday night will feature Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice followed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and presumed vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will introduce presumed presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday night.

Schriefer said that Monday’s message of “We can do better” will be “easily and seamlessly” weaved into Tuesday’s “We built it”, Wednesday’s “We can change it”, and Thursday’s “We believe in America” message platforms.

Many of the headliners originally slated to speak on Monday, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, will be rotated throughout Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To accommodate the additional speakers in the 3-day span, the convention will start 30 minutes earlier at 7 p.m. and some of the non-headline speeches will be cut shorter.

Monday’s day sessions, which include the formal nominations of Romney and Ryan as well as the adoption of the Republican issues platform, have been moved to Tuesday. However, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will open the convention and declare recess at 2 p.m. on Monday in what Schriefer described as a 5-minute session.

Schriefer refused to comment on “hypothetical” questions about whether Tropical Storm Isaac could potentially push the convention’s closing day – and Romney’s acceptance of the party’s nomination – to Friday.

Revised Republican Convention Schedule: 

Monday, August 27, 2012 

2:00 p.m.
Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus
Call to Order/Start Debt Clocks

2:10 p.m.
Announcement of Recess

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 

2:00 p.m.

Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus
Color Guard Knights of Columbus
Pledge of Allegiance by Former Governor Tim Babcock (MT)/ Tom Hogan (FL)
National Anthem sung by Philip Alongi
Invocation by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik
Opening procedural steps, appointment of convention committees
Welcoming remarks, and House and Senate candidates and RNC auxiliaries
RNC Chairman Priebus
RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris
Chairman of Tampa Bay Host Committee Al Austin
Republican Congressional Candidates: State Delegate Barbara Comstock (VA), Representative Tim Griffin (AR), Republican Senate Candidates, Republican National Committee auxiliaries
Consideration of convention committee reports
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Committee on Credentials Chairman Mike Duncan
Committee on Permanent Organization Chairwoman Zoraida Fonalledas
Convention Permanent Chairman Speaker John Boehner, Presiding
Official Convention Photograph
Committee on Rules Chairman John Sununu
Committee on Resolutions Chairman Governor Bob McDonnell
Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman U.S. Senator John Hoeven
Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Roll Call for Nomination of President of the United States
Roll Call for Nomination of Vice President of the United States

6:40 p.m.

7:00 p.m.
Remarks by Speaker John Boehner
Remarks by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Video and remarks by Mayor Mia Love (Saratoga Springs, UT), U.S. congressional candidate
Remarks by Janine Turner
Remarks by former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum
Remarks by Host, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

8:00 p.m.
Remarks by U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH), accompanied by Jack Gilchrist
Remarks by Governor John Kasich (OH)
Remarks by Governor Mary Fallin (OK)
Remarks by Governor Bob McDonnell (VA), accompanied by Bev Gray
Remarks by Governor Scott Walker (WI)

9:00 p.m.
Remarks by Governor Brian Sandoval (NV)
Remarks by Sher Valenzuela (small business owner, candidate for DE Lt. Governor)
Remarks by Senate Republican Candidate Ted Cruz (TX)
Remarks by Artur Davis
Remarks by Governor Nikki Haley (SC)

10:00 p.m.
Remarks by Mrs. Luce’ Vela Fortuño
Remarks by Mrs. Ann Romney
Remarks by Governor Chris Christie (NJ)
Benediction by Sammy Rodriguez


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

7:00 p.m.
Convention convenes
Call to order
Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team (AVAST)
Pledge of Allegiance by Brigadier General Patrick E. Rea, US Army (Ret.)
National Anthem sung by Ayla Brown
Invocation by Ishwar Singh
Ron Paul Video
Remarks by Senate Republican Leader and Convention Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell (KY)
Remarks by Senator Rand Paul (KY)
Remarks by Christopher Devlin-Young and Jeanine McDonnell

8:00 p.m.
Remarks by Senator John McCain (AZ)
Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL) and Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)
Remarks by Governor Bobby Jindal (LA)
Remarks by Senator John Thune (SD)
Remarks by Senator Rob Portman (OH)

9:00 p.m.
Remarks by Governor Luis Fortuño (PR)
Remarks by Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN)
Bush 41, 43 Film
Remarks by Mike Huckabee

10:00 p.m.
Remarks by Condoleezza Rice
Remarks by Governor Susana Martinez (NM)
Remarks by vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan
Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios



Thursday, August 30, 2012

7:00 p.m.
Convention convenes
Call to order
Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team
Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka
National Anthem sung by SEVEN
Invocation byKen and Priscilla Hutchins
Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (FL)
Reagan Legacy Video
Remarks by Newt and Callista Gingrich
Remarks by Craig Romney

8:00 p.m.
Remarks by Governor former Jeb Bush (FL)
Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign
Remarks by Grant Bennett
Remarks by Tom Stemberg

9:00 p.m.
Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey
Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce
Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode

10:00 p.m.
Remarks by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL)
Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney
Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned


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