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On a press call moments ago, GOP officials confirmed that the 2012 Republican National Convention will primarily take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, due to weather complications.  Monday's schedule has been reduced to a five-minute pro forma session, comprised of party chairman Reince Priebus gaveling in the convention.  This act will also trigger a running public debt clock, which will track the amount of national debt accrued by the US government over the four-day stretch.  The "official business" of nominating Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will take place Tuesday afternoon.  Convention organizers said they were able to incorporate all of Monday's "headliner" speakers into the truncated program by eliminating some program elements deemed to be "non essential," and by tailoring a few speeches to be slightly shorter.  Party officials said Monday's theme -- "we can do better" -- will be woven into the final three nights.  As for reports and rumors about a potential Friday session, officials said they have no plans for that, and declined to discuss the "hypothetical" scenario any further.  The new convention schedule is below.  The 10-11pm ET hours, which the broadcast networks will carry live, have not been altered.  Bolded speeches indicate "prime-primetime" addresses. All times are approximate:
 

Monday, August 27, 2012

2:00 p.m.         Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus

                        Call to Order/Start Debt Clocks

2:10 p.m.         Announcement of Recess

 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2:00 p.m.         Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus

            Color Guard Knights of Columbus

            Pledge of Allegiance by Former Governor Tim Babcock (MT)/ Tom Hogan (FL)

            National Anthem sung by Philip Alongi

            Invocation by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik

            Opening procedural steps, appointment of convention committees

            Welcoming remarks, and House and Senate candidates and RNC auxiliaries

                        RNC Chairman Priebus

                        RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day

                        Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn

                        Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris

                        Chairman of Tampa Bay Host Committee Al Austin

                        Republican Congressional Candidates

                        State Delegate Barbara Comstock (VA)

                        Representative Tim Griffin (AR)

                        Republican Senate Candidates

                        Republican National Committee auxiliaries

            Consideration of convention committee reports

                        RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

                        Committee on Credentials Chairman Mike Duncan

                        Committee on Permanent Organization Chairwoman Zoraida Fonalledas

                        Convention Permanent Chairman Speaker John Boehner, Presiding

                        Official Convention Photograph

                        Committee on Rules Chairman John Sununu

                        Committee on Resolutions Chairman Governor Bob McDonnell

                        Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman U.S. Senator John Hoeven

                        Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn

            Roll Call for Nomination of President of the United States

            Roll Call for Nomination of Vice President of the United States

 

6:40 p.m.         Recess

 

7:00 p.m.         Reconvene

            Remarks by Speaker John Boehner

            Remarks by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

Video and remarks by Mayor Mia Love (Saratoga Springs, UT), U.S. congressional candidate

Remarks by Janine Turner

            Remarks by former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum

            Remarks by Host, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

8:00 p.m.         Remarks by U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH), accompanied by Jack Gilchrist

Remarks by Governor John Kasich (OH)

Remarks by Governor Mary Fallin (OK)

Remarks by Governor Bob McDonnell (VA), accompanied by Bev Gray

Remarks by Governor Scott Walker (WI)

9:00 p.m.         Remarks by Governor Brian Sandoval (NV)

Remarks by Sher Valenzuela (small business owner, candidate for DE Lt. Governor)

Remarks by Senate Republican Candidate Ted Cruz (TX)

Remarks by Artur Davis

Remarks by Governor Nikki Haley (SC)

10:00 p.m.       Remarks by Mrs. Luce' Vela Fortuño

            Remarks by Mrs. Ann Romney

Remarks by Governor Chris Christie (NJ)

Benediction by Sammy Rodriguez

Adjournment

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

 

7:00 p.m.         Convention convenes

Call to order

Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team (AVAST)

Pledge of Allegiance by Brigadier General Patrick E. Rea, US Army (Ret.)

National Anthem sung by Ayla Brown

Invocation by Ishwar Singh

Ron Paul Video

Remarks by Senate Republican Leader and Convention Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell (KY)

Remarks by Senator Rand Paul (KY)

            Remarks by Christopher Devlin-Young and Jeanine McDonnell

8:00 p.m.         Remarks by Senator John McCain (AZ)

Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL) and Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)

Remarks by Governor Bobby Jindal (LA)

Remarks by Senator John Thune (SD)

                        Remarks by Senator Rob Portman (OH)

9:00 p.m.         Remarks by Governor Luis Fortuño (PR) 

Remarks by Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN)

Bush 41, 43 Film

Remarks by Mike Huckabee

10:00 p.m.       Remarks by Condoleezza Rice

Remarks by Governor Susana Martinez (NM)

Remarks by vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan

Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios

Adjournment

 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

 

7:00 p.m.         Convention convenes

Call to order

Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team

Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka

National Anthem sung by SEVEN

Invocation byKen and Priscilla Hutchins

            Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (FL)

Reagan Legacy Video

Remarks by Newt and Callista Gingrich

Remarks by Craig Romney

8:00 p.m.         Remarks by Governor former Jeb Bush (FL)

Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign

Remarks by Grant Bennett

Remarks by Tom Stemberg

9:00 p.m.         Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey

Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce

Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode

10:00 p.m.       Remarks by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL)

Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney

Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned

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Guy Benson

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