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Isaac threatens to blow Mitt Romney away

world Updated: Aug 29, 2012 01:33 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times
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Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is reaching here Tuesday, two days ahead of his schedule in view of approaching thunder storm Isaac.

He was earlier to arrive on Thursday, the last day of the convention, in time for his coronation as officially the Republican party's presidential candidate.

But Isaac is getting him earlier, possibly in time to hear his wife, Ann Romney, speak later on Tuesday. He told reporters in New Hampshire, "She is going to do terrific."

"I like my speech. I really like Ann's speech," Romney said, adding, "Our sons are already in Tampa and they say it's terrific there ... we are looking forward to a great convention."

The convention had a formal, but short, opening on Monday, and quickly went into recess, scheduled to resume Tuesday afternoon as announced earlier.

There are fears the bad weather system could overshadow the convention, denying Romney the undivided attention of the country as he would have expected and desired.

Ishwar Singh, a Florida Sikh priest, will be doing a religious invocation on Tuesday, for the first time perhaps in the history of US presidential conventions.

The next day, on Wednesday, an Indian American from Wisconsin, Yash Wadhwa, is scheduled for an interview. The party couldn't say if it was live or recorded video clip.

At 3 million, India Americans are an increasingly influential community. And some of them are actively seeking political power, running for congress and local bodies.

Nikki Haley, the Indian-American governor of South Carolina, is a headline speaker at the convention, scheduled to go on before Ann Romney.

The other Indian American governor, Bobby Jindal, is skipping the convention to be in Louisiana when Isaac hits, bringing back memories of Hurricane Katrina.

"I will not be speaking or attending the convention. Party conventions are interesting but there's no time for politics here in Louisiana," he wrote on Twitter.