TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — For Republican convention-goers in Tampa, the party is finally on. But with much of the Gulf Coast waiting fearfully to see where a massive storm makes landfall, politics has become an awkward enterprise and no one knows what sort of party it will turn out to be.
For now, the Republican National Convention will follow its latest script. On Tuesday night, the convention will deliver Mitt Romney the presidential nomination he fought years to achieve and locked up months ago, and set the stage for the final stretch of the hotly contested campaign to unseat President Barack Obama.
Romney was coming to Tampa on Tuesday, in time to see his wife's evening speech, although it was kept a mystery whether he would attend the convention before his address Thursday night.