GOP Cancels Monday Convention Events They'll get rolling Tuesday because of storm By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Aug 25, 2012 6:06 PM CDT 60 comments Comments Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) (Newser) – Republicans aren't taking any chances with Tropical Storm Isaac, soon to be Hurricane Isaac. The party has effectively postponed the start of its convention in Tampa from Monday to Tuesday, reports Politico. RNC chief Reince Priebus announced that the convention would convene Monday but recess immediately until the following afternoon, reports AP. Schedule changes for the shortened convention are still being hashed out. Isaac may not make a direct hit on the Tampa area, but the storm is so big and strong that area is likely to get high winds and heavy rain regardless, reports the Tampa Bay Times. "That's why it's important not to focus on that exact track," says one Hurricane Center meteorologist. "The conditions are going to be felt well removed from the center."