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Despite the threat from tropical storm -- the Republican National Convention will open officially a few hours from now.
The RNC chair will call the convention to order and then immediately adjourn it until Tuesday party officials.
Were forced to cram a four day event into three days because of the storm.
-- supreme this is the chairman of the Republican National Committee he'll be banging the gavel at today's ceremony to bring this convention into order.
The storm has largely -- Tampa or or so it would seem are you.
Are you feeling that you made the right decision to handle of the convention the way you did.
-- -- -- So you have to make the decision I mean you can't make it's -- like a baseball game where you get to make the decision just before the first pitch you get thousands of people and buses and the emergency services are telling you can't get people across a bridge.
-- you've got air on the side of safety when it comes -- something like this than.
I'm sure you understand that and when you can't get people on buses and when you -- the Secret Service take down takes on all the tents outside of the building obviously.
That's an easy call to make.
So it -- now you've you've got two challenges really dealing with the hurricane and also fending off the challenge from.
President Obama and the Democratic National Committee what what's the bigger concern right now.
You know I think that the great thing about whereas it in this election is that the facts.
Our on our side and then you know whenever you -- you have to go give a closing argument which is what we're doing now for the next two months.
It's always great to have the facts on your side itself.
The economy is not in good shape the president didn't -- -- promises I think we get that.
We can go a whole lot better and Mitt Romney is gonna help set the stage this week.
Did Charlie Crist of former Florida governor is going to be addressing it.
The Democratic Convention.
Got I've got a big speech there what do you say about that.
While I mean obviously.
You didn't have much of a future in the Republican Party so -- he's searching for a way.
To rise back to power and so the Democrats want to use him and he's willing to be used though.
You know that's what that's what he's about -- I wasn't surprised at all.
Are you expecting that.
This convention will give governor Romney significant -- he has already.
Gained quite a few points on the president since the addition of Paul Ryan to the -- Bomb in I don't know about what significant means anymore amendment that -- different challenges and in the news cycle nowadays and this is for both sides of the aisle is that.
You've got about two or three news cycles nowadays every single day and so now.
I'm like you know ten years ago -- you know fourteen years ago.
It's a lot different when when this is the big you know 34 day event and that's all that was going on.
I think it's a big boost to our party it's a big boost or -- nominee but they're trying to measure.
What that means I think it's very difficult.
Mitt Romney has spent the better part of eight years really running for president and -- a lot of voters don't know -- here you have.
You know this opportunity to introduce him to the nation do you feel like the message is going to be blunted by the tropical.
Storm slash hurricane.
Well first of all we're gonna tell -- Mitt Romney story which is a story of but the American dream.
It's a story that embraces success and success is celebrated unlike -- this president's view of success.
And we're gonna do that.
You know this is this the reality of life and so you have to balance.
All of the news including our convention -- and that and the Mitt -- message and obviously it's news worthy of what's going on in the golf and we are keeping our eyes on that as well so.
It's a balance but I think all in all it's still it's it's a message of optimism that we can do better.
Americans deserve a better future and and there were always ready I think in this country for a message that's optimistic.
I know you've got a busy busy day -- a lot of two balls to juggle -- let's get back to it runs -- the chairman of the Republican National Committee thank you.
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