The 2012 Republican National convention is nearly “built,” with the Opening Day lineup set and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie anchoring the event as the keynote speaker. Now comes a few bells and whistles.
The four-day event in Tampa that begins Monday will offer speeches from a mix of well-established and rising Republican stars, but much of the anticipation is focused on Christie, said to be working on a “very direct” script for Tuesday night that delivers “hard truths” about the state of the country.
Tropical Storm Isaac remains the uninvited, unpredictable guest. The storm is expected on strengthen into a hurricane and pass the Tampa coast Monday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Florida Gov. Rick Scott in preparation Saturday declared a state of emergency.
The big event scheduled for Monday is the start of the roll call for delegates to officially nominate Mitt Romney for president, which will allow him to accept the GOP nomination earlier in the week than has occurred at previous conventions.
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