TAMPA, Fl. (NBC) - The Republican convention opened Monday afternoon with the start of a clock to emphasize our rapidly mounting debt, then quickly recessed until Wednesday.
Day One was canceled due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac, which ended up passing far west of Tampa.
Delegates killed time, some disappointed.
"Bright and sunny outside. No rain at all, and we kinda wonder why this was canceled," said Maryland delegate Steve Hersey.
The convention climax comes Thursday with Mitt Romney's address.
"I like my speech," he told reporters Monday. "I really like Ann's speech.
Romney leads President Obama by a point in the latest ABC News/Washington Post Poll, but in likability he trails badly, 64 to 25.
Some delegates dismiss that.
"Likability is over emphasized because we are so used to being entertained and wowed," says Nevada delegate Carol Del Carlo.
Others say Romney is likable and can show it.
Delegates say they are praying Isaac will spare the Gulf Coast, but in any case the plan is for the convention to continue and for Romney to make his big speech.