“Plans are under way for Mr. Romney’s name to be placed into nomination on Monday – not Wednesday as originally scheduled – because of a potential threat from Tropical Storm Isaac and concerns about a possible disruption during the roll call vote from Ron Paul supporters at the Republican National Convention next week,” reports Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times.
A potential change in the schedule at the Republican gathering, which aides are poised to finalize on Friday, was confirmed to The New York Times by two senior Republican officials. It is a formality, and Mr. Romney is still set to deliver his acceptance speech on Thursday evening. But the change would carry significance.
As soon as Romney officially becomes the party’s presidential nominee, he can have access to the general election money he has spent months raising.
But the potential change in the convention schedule, according to discussions under way among party officials here, has as much to do with a desire from the Romney campaign to keep an orderly convention next week as it does with Isaac, the storm that is expected to develop into a hurricane as it moves through the Caribbean toward Florida. Some supporters of Paul were pushing to make their voices heard next Wednesday during the roll call vote.
Convention spokesman Kyle Downey said the states will vote in alphabetical order, as opposed to the occasional approach of trying to rig the process so a specific state — for example, Mitt Romney’s home state of Massachusetts — puts him over the threshold he needs to secure the nomination.
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