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Republicans watch Isaac, weigh tone of convention

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Republicans have already re-stacked, and compressed their convention. But if Isaac slams into New Orleans—they could change it again.

"Yes, and if that's the case, I'm okay with it. Gotta be respectful of those on the Gulf coast," said Tony Jackson, a Tampa GOP delegate.

We found no one in the Louisiana delegation. And Governors in the possible path of Isaac are not in Tampa either—they're focused on the storm.

"Early in the week, we were told that our governor was not coming at all," said Renee Gentle Powers, a delegate from Alabama.

And other delegates are also staying behind.

"I know this morning, we selected four alternate delegates to replace those that don't make it," Powers said.

On one hand, Republicans do not want to send the wrong message by throwing a political bash when a Hurricane hits the Gulf coast. But on the flip side, they don't want to shortchange the convention they've been planning for months.

"I'm sure the good Republicans in Louisiana will want us to make this convention the best it can be," said Cindy Graves, a GOP delegate.

Tampa delegate AJ Matthews is in the Coast Guard reserve. He was deployed to the northern Gulf coast when Hurricane Katrina hit seven years ago. Now, he is on standby to respond to Isaac. He also says the RNC needs to take care of business here in Tampa. But he says the tone of the convention is important, in light of the threat to the Gulf coast.

"That said, I believe it is best if we make it a little more somber," he said.

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