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The crowd inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum Arena was cheering loudly today, despite the threat of Hurricane Isaac. The convention officially started yesterday, but because of the severe storms, it was postponed until 2 p.m. today.
Danette Proctor is currently in Tampa Bay as an alternate delegate for Missouri. She is also the chairwoman of the Greene County Republican Central Committee. I spoke with her this morning just as she arrived at the convention.
“Everything is jam packed from Monday. We are doing Monday and Tuesday all in one day. We just got here and I think we will be going until ten or eleven tonight. So I think it’s going to be a busy day,” said Proctor
She says that Missouri’s delegates are positioned to the right of the stage where she thinks they will have a great view of the speakers.
“One of my favorites is going to be here. Condi Rice,” Proctor said.
This is Proctor's second time at the Republican National Convention, but it's her first with a role in the Republican Party.
“We want to pump that energy to our people back home. It’s really exciting. I am just glad I am here and hopefully I can share a lot when I get back home with our people in Southwest Missouri,” said Proctor.
She described the bustling crowd around her as positive, energetic and very talkative.
The convention will run until Thursday evening, when presumed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will address the crowd.
For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers.