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Live Blog: Tuesday At The GOP Convention

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
August 28, 2012

After a one-day delay to let now-Hurricane Isaac pass by, the 2012 Republican National Convention is now really under way.

We’re in the Tampa Times Forum and will be following the action from the opening gavel at 2 p.m. ET to the close of business this evening around 11 p.m. ET. Hit your “refresh” button once in a while to make sure you’re seeing our latest updates.

Meanwhile, Frank James will be hosting a live-chat later this evening. And, of course, there will be live coverage on many NPR stations and streaming on

Please join us.

Update at 2:26 p.m. ET. First Mention Of The Debt Clocks:

We noted Monday that the GOP has installed two “debt clocks” above the convention floor. One tracks the nation’s total public debt. The other tracks how much has been added since the convention official opened at 2 p.m. ET on Monday.

At 2:26 p.m. ET, Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus made the first mention of the debt clocks and the blame Republicans attach to President Obama for the massive amount of debt. Expect many more mentions over the next three days.

Update at 2:20 p.m. ET. Voices Of Dissent:

NPR’s Ted Robbins, who is in the arena, tells us he spoke with three members of the Minnesota delegation who say — Ted paraphrases — that unity (behind the idea of defeating President Obama) isn’t as important as liberty. They plan to be among the Paul supporters who try to raise objections to new rules that would allow future nominees to have more control over who does and doesn’t get seated as a delegate.

Update at 2:05 p.m. ET: And We’re Off!

The gavel has been dropped, the colors have been presented, the National Anthem has been sung and the invocation is being delivered. The GOP convention has started right on time.

But one of the first things to happen may be a bit of a floor fight, as we previewed this morning. Ron Paul’s supporters aren’t happy with changes to the party’s policies and procedures on the seating of delegates.

Update at 1:35 p.m. ET. Before The Show, Another Ron Paul Moment:

As we’ve posted about a few times this week, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and his supporters took full advantage of the convention’s delay to make some noise of their own around Tampa on Sunday and Monday.

They just did it again. The man himself made an appearance on the convention floor — to the loud delight of his fans. A chant of “Ron Paul!” went up. A minute later, the soon-to-be presidential nominee’s supporters responded with “Romney!” They couldn’t outshout the Paulites, though (to be fair, delegates are still drifting in; so the majority of delegates — Mitt Romney supporters — weren’t here to add their voices). [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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