Day 1: Republicans convene, adjourn, provide photo op for Ron Paul backersby George Bennett | August 27th, 2012
TAMPA — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus pounded an oversize gavel to officially open the 2012 GOP convention this afternoon.
Then, after about 20 seconds of applause, he pounded the gavel again and declared the convention in recess. The GOP decided Saturday to scrap today’s agenda because of the threat from Tropical Storm Isaac, which this afternoon was churning through the Gulf of Mexico toward hurricane status and a potential Wednesday New Orleans landfall.
Today’s abbreviated ceremony still attracted several hundred delegates and others to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, including Tony Jackson, an alternate from Tampa.
“This is my first one. I’m just taking it all in. I’ve watched every one of these since 1968 and I’m just glad to be here,” the 49-year-old Jackson said.
Supporters of libertarian-leaning Ron Paul gravitated toward a large “We Can Do Better” sign at one end of the floor, drawing a throng of photographers as they posed for pictures next to it while holding up Paul signs.