Tropical Storm Isaac has forced the Republican National Convention to cancel proceedings today, putting Nebraska Republican United States Senate candidate Deb Fischer’s time in the national spotlight in jeopardy.
Fischer had been scheduled to speak to the convention this afternoon, the time set aside to highlight candidates in races crucial to the party’s success in November. The speaking slot emphasized the importance of the Senate race in Nebraska to Republican plans to regain the majority in Washington. Fischer had been scheduled to address delegates at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida between 4pm and 7pm Eastern Standard Time.
The threat from Isaac might cancel the appearance.
A staff member of the Mitt Romney campaign told reporters Sunday evening that the headline speakers for tonight will be rescheduled. He left in doubt the fate of the afternoon speakers, saying they would either be dropped from the program or their speeches rescheduled and shortened.
A spokesman for the Fischer campaign says the candidate has left for Florida already. He had no information on whether Fischer’s speaking time had been rescheduled.
Democrat Ben Nelson is retiring from public office after serving two terms in the Senate. Democrat Bob Kerrey, the former Nebraska Governor and United States Senator, has returned to Nebraska to run for the seat. Fischer and Kerrey engaged in the first debate of the campaign this weekend at the State Fair in Grand Island.
Weather forecasters expect Tampa Bay to be spared much of the brunt of Isaac, which is expected to make landfall tomorrow or Wednesday somewhere on the Gulf Coast.
The Republican National Convention estimates that 50,000 delegates, media and others will attend the convention, which will formalize the nomination of Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, as the Republican nominee for president.