What you need to know about the RNC

What you need to know about the RNC

What you need to know about the RNC


by Charlotte Observer


Posted on August 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM

When is it?

On Saturday, the party officials announced that because of the weather, the convention will convene on Monday and immediately recess until Tuesday. A new schedule was not released. For the latest, go to charlotteobserver.com/rnc . GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech is expected to be Thursday.

How to watch

Your best bet is cable TV or the Internet, where all the networks plan live streaming.

On Saturday, the networks and cable news shows had not indicated any change of programming based on the RNC’s rescheduling.

Here is what was planned at press time:

• ABC, CBS and NBC each plan to air one hour of prime-time coverage at 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

All three plan to air their morning shows and their nightly news programs from Tampa, Fla. And NBC and CBS had planned to air their Sunday morning news shows from the city as well.

• PBS will provide coverage each night beginning at 8. One of its live stream channels will provide simultaneous Spanish translation.

• MSNBC plans 20 hours of live coverage starting at 5:30 a.m. each day.

• Fox News’ daily coverage starts at 6:30 a.m., and a special convention report with guest commentators at 9 nightly, and live streaming on its website.

• CNN’s on-air coverage will start at 5 a.m. each day; it will be supplemented with blogs, Web shows and live streams and an online chat where, using Cisco video conferencing technology, people can chat face-to-face with anchor Wolf Blitzer.

• Comedy Central will take “ The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to Tampa, airing shows at 11 p.m., and also plans coverage on the network’s Indecision blog.

There’s an app

Tampa 2012 was developed by AT&T and is available for Apple and Android. While it’s most useful for those actually at the event (lots of info on Tampa businesses and the like), it includes a convention calendar and lets you watch the convention live.

Who’s talking?

With the schedule now up in the air because of the weather, it’s unclear whether every speaker originally scheduled will get to talk and if they do, when. Here is a list of who was on the original speakers list:

• Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

• Ann Romney.

• House Speaker John Boehner.

• Govs. Rick Scott of Florida and Nikki Haley of South Carolina.

• Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

• Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee.

• Artur Davis, the former Democratic congressman from Alabama who seconded President Barack Obama’s nomination in 2008.

• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

• Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

• Govs. John Kasich of Ohio, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Bob McDonnell of Virginia, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

• Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

• Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

• U.S. Sens. John McCain of Arizona, John Thune of South Dakota and Rob Portman of Ohio.

• Govs. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Luis Fortuño of Puerto Rico.

• Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will introduce Mitt Romney.

Star power

Celebrities expected include: Janine Turner, who starred on the TV show “Northern Exposure” and now hosts a conservative-oriented talk radio show in Dallas, opera singer Philip Alongi and the Oak Ridge Boys, both on tap to sing the national anthem; country singer Beau Davidson.

Who’s protesting?

An alliance of more than 60 labor, peace, student, immigrant rights, gay and lesbian and other groups are planning a 5,000-person march on the first day of the convention.

Who else is coming?

There will be 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories and 15,000 credentialed members of the media

Did you know?

The last Republican conventions in Florida were in 1968 and 1972 – to nominate Richard M. Nixon.