Republican convention has contingency plan for possible hurricane

Storm or no storm, Mitt Romney will be nominated for president next week.

With Tropical Storm Isaac approaching South Florida and threatening carefully laid plans for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, a party spokesman said Thursday that the convention’s primary goal will be accomplished, no matter what.

“We do have contingency plans to deal with weather-related and other circumstances that may occur to ensure that the business can go on at the RNC, and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will become our nominees,” Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer said in an interview on CNN.


“There is no such thing as canceling,” Spicer added.

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The most recent forecast from the National Hurricane Center predicts Isaac will travel northwest of Tampa as a Category 1 hurricane on Monday evening, the first night of the convention.

A Category 2 hurricane could disrupt convention activities because the Tampa Bay Times Forum, site of the festivities, is within a mandatory evacuation zone for storms of that magnitude.

“Absolutely we’re prepared to call it off,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said on CNN Wednesday. “I mean, human safety and human life trumps politics. I think the RNC recognizes that. The organizers, certainly Governor Romney recognizes that.”

Callum Borchers can be reached at callum.borchers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.