Tampa, Fla. — Up toward the rafters of the Tampa Bay Times Forum is an electronic board spinning numbers on split seconds. It is to underscore the theme of the stratospheric national debt, a messaging backdrop as network cameras pan the arena.
But as if to further the a main talking point of Republicans this week, the plans now call for another debt clock, this one showing the amount of national debt accumulated on Monday, when Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus will bang the gavel to open the convention, to when he closes it on Thursday evening.
Priebus will call the convention to order on Monday, then will adjourn within minutes. That is because convention events were cancelled on Monday as Tropical Storm Isaac approached the Gulf Coast.