Day 1 at the Republican National Convention

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Tropical Storm Isaac forced the Republican National Convention to postpone much of Day One’s official events. However, there was plenty of activity, especially amongst the press. Armed with my trusty SONY DSLR, I captured some of activities.

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BlogHer Editor in Chief, Stacy Morrison, braves Tropical Storm Isaac on her way to the Tampa Convention Center

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Guardian Angels patrol the streets outside of the Tampa Convention Center on Day 1.

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Ron Paul supporters had a heavy presence on Day 1 of the Republican Convention, holding several gatherings and rallies, including one inside the convention hall.

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This Ron Paul supporter shows her support with a Libertarian take on the iconic RUN-DMC logo.

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CNN host Erin Burnett makes her way to CNN’s temporary studio on the second floor of the Tampa Convention Center. Credentialed media outlets and news organizations, (including BlogHer), set up home base in the center during the convention.

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Joan Walsh, Editor-At-Large at Salon, takes a break to file a story in the Tampa Convention Center

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A Ron Paul supporter walks down the covered corridor separating the convention center, (where most of the media and news organizations are housed), and the Tampa Bay Times Forum, (where the main events and activities of the convention are held).

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A local NBC weatherman braves storm level winds to report on Day 1 weather.

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The Tampa Convention Center was the home base of most of the media and news outlets.

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GOP leaders, like Newt Gingrich, often walk through the convention center on their way to interviews with news organizations.

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GOP leader Newt Gingrich: “I hope I don’t break your camera.”

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The radio hall on the second floor of the convention center is set up and organized so that guests can quickly and easily navigate between interviews.

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Mayor of Los Angeles and Democrat, Antonio Villaraigosa, takes a moment to answer questions from reporters at the convention center.

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David Gregory, host of NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’, on his way to the NBC News home base on the second floor of the convention center.

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A runner for CNN shows us his (many) credential cards.

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Actress Janine Turner, (Northern Exposure), stops for a quick photo on her way to a FOX News interview.

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Several lounges, with televisions, were set up inside the convention center. The channel of choice? The Weather Channel.

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A banner outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum welcomes attendees to the convention (#GOP2012)

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An empty convention floor on Day One. The first day of the RNC convention was canceled, with select events and speeches moved to other days.

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A front view of the conference stage.

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Florida’s delegates will be seated in this section during convention events and speeches. A view of the teleprompter is in the background.

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Delegates use a phone like this one to call in their votes, including their votes for the presidential candidate.

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Another view from the floor of the RNC convention. Delegates sit on the floor, while alternates, news media, and guests sit along the sides of the arena.

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Delegates and Romney supporters show off their red, white, and blue pride.

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Thousands of local, national, and international news outlets, including staff from BlogHer, are expected to cover the GOP convention.

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CNN host Wolf Blitzer preps for his afternoon show at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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This small sign, located on the walkway between the convention center and the forum, was the only “anti-Obama” rhetoric I saw on Day 1.

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Many convention goers opted for plastic ponchos to protect them from the elements.

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During a break in the rain, conference goers walk to the convention center.

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Severe flooding outside the Tampa Convention Center, where most of the media activities take place, caused attendees to find alternative routes into the center.

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According to staff at the convention store, the “Moms Drive the Economy” bumper sticker is a hot seller.

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A collection of Mitt Romney buttons.

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