GOP not worried about convention protests, weather

AP News
Posted: Dec 06, 2011 7:20 PM
GOP not worried about convention protests, weather

Republican National Convention planners are playing down concerns about protests and steamy, even stormy weather at next summer's event in Tampa.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) on Tuesday promised a "smooth, state-of-the-art, exciting" 2012 convention at the St. Pete Times Forum, a pro hockey area.

Hundreds of media representatives were given a glimpse of plans for the Aug. 27-30 event, the first major-party national convention in Florida since Miami Beach hosted both party conventions in 1972.

The convention will be held during Atlantic hurricane season, when daytime high temperatures hover in the 90s. As many as 10,000 protesters could show up, but officials expressed confidence in the security plan coordinated by the U.S. Secret Service.

Around 50,000 people are expected to come to the area, including 15,000 media members.