Republicans getting set for their convention in Tampa, Florida

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 8:00am

As some 50,000 people are about to descend on Tampa for the Republican National Convention ---the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac is looming large.

Convention organizers are working closely with the national weather service and Florida state and local emergency officials to assess the potential impact.

And team Romney isn't letting the storm interfere with its campaign plans for the weekend.

The curtain will rise for the Republican National Convention in Tampa Florida, Monday--

RNC organizers say not even the threat of a hurricane will stop Mitt Romney from being nominated as the party's presidential candidate next week.

Meanwhile a new Quinnipiac University/CBS/NY Times poll on the race in Florida - a key battle ground state - shows the campaign is getting tighter.

President Obama's lead has been sliced to just three points.

"You'd obviously rather be slightly ahead than behind, but it's too close to call race at this point," said Peter Brown, of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Paul Ryan has helped Mitt Romney narrow the lead. Known as a tough fiscal conservative, Ryan continues pushing for financial balance and avoiding the fiscal cliff under a republican administration.

"Mitt Romney is saying we will deal with this right away, prevent this cliff, this massive tax increase, these devastating defense cuts from taking place, said Rep. Paul Ryan.

Romney unveiled a detailed new energy plan in oil rich New Mexico yesterday promising energy independence by 2020. He will achieve this goal with a focus on oil and gas production over alternative forms of energy.

"Wind subsidies will continue for the next 10 years. But I do believe that an industry has to stand on its own and be competitive." said Mitt Romney.

The White House was quick to slam back that Romney's plan would take the country backwards.

"This is a narrow view and a dangerous view if you think about how important energy security is and domestic production of energy is to our national security interests," said Jay Carney White House Press Secretary.

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