La Gov. Jindal cancels GOP convention, cites Isaac

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Associated Press

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 27 at 1:02 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't attend the Republican National Convention because his home state is in the crosshairs of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Jindal had been scheduled to speak in Tampa on Wednesday night.

But on Monday, he said he'll be staying home, saying there "is no time for politics here in Louisiana" during such a storm. Isaac is supposed to hit a day before the seventh anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina.

Republican elected officials from Louisiana and Mississippi have scrapped or delayed travel plans for the GOP convention. Some who had arrived in Tampa turned around Monday and headed home to wait for Isaac.

Republicans postponed the start of speeches at the convention until Tuesday because of the storm.

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