Storm rattles Romney efforts


Tropical storm Isaac disrupted the US presidential election campaign yesterday, forcing Republicans to make changes to their national convention in Tampa, Florida, where party officials scrambled to make sure candidate Mitt Romney’s message to voters would not be blown off course.

The storm, forecast to hit land midweek, could damage the party’s efforts to deliver its message more than if it had hit Tampa Bay directly as was originally predicted.

Having expected that Tampa would be in Isaac’s sights, convention organisers cancelled today’s opening events and tried to squeeze as many speakers and activities into three days as had been planned for four.

This week marks the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. – (Reuters)