As Tropical Storm Isaac approaches hurricane strength and threatens to dampen their party, Republicans say their national convention will go on in Tampa next week anyway to formally nominate Mitt Romney for president.

“The weather’s fine. Come on down,” Republican National Convention CEO William Harris said, insisting the GOP can handle any problems a storm throws its way. The convention opens Monday.

“There’s no such thing as canceling,” Sean Spicer, Republican National Committee spokesman, said on CNN.

Even so, Isaac was raising concerns in Tampa as it churned across the Caribbean Sea on a path expected to take it across Haiti and Cuba. Forecasters said a northward turn could bring it to Florida by Monday and perhaps toward the convention city on the state’s western coast.

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