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USA: Republicans get down to business despite storm delay

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The start of the US Republican Party’s national convention has been put back by a day because of Tropical Storm Isaac – even though forecasts predicted the storm would miss Tampa Bay where the event is being held.

Sunday’s welcome party still went ahead. The convention is due to nominate Mitt Romney as the presidential candidate for November’s election.

Republicans will also be looking to boost his image with a sceptical electorate, and attack President Obama’s record.

“After this week I think there is going to be a lot more looks at Florida, in particular a lot more looks at Tampa Bay notwithstanding that there is maybe a little bit of rain that is going to hit Tampa. We do, we know how to deal with hurricanes in Florida very, very well,” said Ken Jones, chairman of the convention’s host committee.

Just as determined not to let the weather beat them, a few hundred anti-Romney protesters marched near the convention centre. Their message: the Republicans’ economic plans favour the rich and will hit America’s less well-off.