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    GOP revises convention schedule

    TAMPA – With Isaac threatening to become a hurricane off the Gulf Coast, Mitt Romney’s campaign released a revised schedule for the Republican National Convention on Sunday night, cramming four days worth of speakers into three.

    Some of the speeches will be shorter, and other parts of the program may be eliminated. But a Romney campaign adviser said all of the speakers during primetime hours would be kept.

    That means most television viewers will see the same program they would otherwise, with the highlights including: Tuesday night (Ann Romney and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey), Wednesday night (Condoleezza Rice, Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico, and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, representative of Wisconsin); and Thursday night (Senator Marco Rubio and Romney).


    The only official activity on Monday will be the formal gaveling in, to start the convention gathering. But it will be brief, and unlikely to include many of the delegates, who are staying in hotels spread across the region.

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    “If the session lasts more than 5 minutes, I would be surprised,” said Russ Schriefer, a Romney campaign adviser who is helping coordinate the convention. “I don’t anticipate a lot of delegates being there.”

    Schriefer said there are no current plans to extend the convention until Friday, but he suggested it would be a possibility if the weather gets worse.

    “I would just say that we’re planning on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,” Schriefer said. “Certainly if the weather changes in a way that we have to make some changes -- it’s a hypothetical question and I really don’t want to answer it in that way.”

    It was also revealed Sunday that Ayla Brown, “American Idol” contestant and the daughter of Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, is singing the national anthem on Wednesday night.


    The revised 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. Recess

    7:00 p.m. Reconvene

    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 by Ken 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

    Matt Viser can be reached at maviser@globe.com.