POSTED: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:00am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Call it the perfect storm.
Abortion and the threat of a hurricane hitting Florida during the Republican Convention which starts next Monday in Tampa.
"Contingency plans are in place should a worst case scenario happen but again we're moving forward and fully expect to put on a convention here in the Tampa bay times forum next week," said Kyle Downey, RNC Press Secretary.
But Tampa's Mayor says the city is prepared to call it off if necessary.
"If things continue the way they are that we would do something in terms of an activation early Saturday," said Chuck Lanza, Broward County Emergency Management.
Over the past few days the Romney-Ryan ticket has been trying to distance itself from the Todd Akin "legitimate rape" controversy.
That forced Republican Vice-Presidential hopeful Paul Ryan to clarify his position on abortion for the first time on the campaign trail.
"I'm proud of record. Mitt Romney is going to be the President; the President sets policy. His policy is exceptions for rape, incest, life of the mother. I'm comfortable with it because it's a good step in the right direction," said Rep. Paul Ryan, Vice Presidential Candidate.
In Iowa, Romney tried to keep the focus on the national debt and the economy.
"We've now had four years in a row with a President that's built trillion-dollar deficits. It's bad economics," said Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate.
There's no way to tell how quickly the Akin distraction will go away but Democrats are hoping to make it last as long as possible.