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Tropical Storm Isaac may not be headed for Tampa, but it has disrupted the Republican National Convention. To the Point's broadcast booth is in the convention center, a short walk from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention itself will be held.

Producers:
Evan George
Anna Scott
Frances Anderton
Avishay Artsy

Main Topic Can the Republicans Weather More than One Storm?

To the Point is in Tampa this week, where Tropical Storm Isaac has forced the Republican National Convention to wait a day before getting down to business tomorrow. Yesterday, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee addressed the Faith and Freedom Coalition with other religious conservatives. Today the Convention will be gaveled to order by Party Chairman Reince Priebus and then immediately recessed until tomorrow. The GOP faces some heavy political weather, with Ron Paul refusing to get on board and social issues clouding the focus on the economy. As the carefully choreographed TV show has now shrunk to just three days, convention planers are struggling to coordinate their messages. With polls still showing a virtual dead heat, this is the last major chance for the Republicans to get a leg up on President Obama before the televised debates. We hear from outside the arena and from inside the Convention Center. Can Mitt Romney heal his party's divisions? Is Paul Ryan making a difference? (In addition to our guests, we hear the voices of Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Chathryn Walters and others.)

Guests:
Michael Shear, New York Times (@shearm)
Bruce Fein, attorney
Sal Russo, Tea Party Express (@OurCountryPAC)
Major Garrett, National Journal (@MajoratNJ)
Gary Langer, ABC News (@LangerResearch)
Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News (@WayneSlater)

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