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RNC convenes in Tampa, then recesses until Tuesday because of Isaac

TAMPA-- It only took a few minutes today to gavel the Republican National Convention into session, and only a couple more to gavel it into recess until Tuesday.

GOP officials will reconvene Tuesday, the delay because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Earlier, a senior adviser to the Mitt Romney campaign said the GOP intends to take a "wait-and-see attitude" in dealing with effects of Tropical Storm Isaac.

For now, party officials plan to continue to monitor the storm's progress as the convention continues through Thursday, advisor Russ Schriefer said during a press conference at the Tampa Convention Center.

With Isaac swirling in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida's west coast, Schriefer addressed the weather question first, saying, "Obviously, our first concern is for the people who're in the path of the storm."

The GOP plans a "wait-and-see" attitude in evaluating what steps to take as the convention proceeds, he said.

The National Hurricane Center predicted Isaac would grow to a Category 1 hurricane over the warm water, and possibly hit late Tuesday somewhere along a roughly 300-mile stretch from the bayous southwest of New Orleans to the Florida Panhandle.Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans almost exactly seven years ago, with disastrous results.

Today's schedule calls for Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, to call the convention to order at 2 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Within about 10 minutes or so, he will call for its recess until Tuesday.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031.