Jindal cancels RNC speech


Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gives a speech supporting Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry at the Hotel Pattee on Jan. 2, 2012 in Perry, Iowa.


Andrew Burton

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced today that he would not attend the RNC while Tropical Storm Isaac threatens his state.

“Party conventions are interesting but there’s no time for politics here in Louisiana,” Jindal tweeted. He later added, "This storm, like every other storm is non-partisan. This is a time when we must all come together."

Jindal, a rising conservative star in the Republican Party, had planned to support Mitt Romney in Tampa on Wednesday.

The New York Times reports Jindal also missed the 2008 Republican convention in St. Paul because of Hurricane Gustav.

The National Hurricane Center says Isaac may become a Category One hurricane by the time it hits New Orleans sometime Tuesday or Wednesday. President Obama has sent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials to areas where the storm is expected.

Isaac landed in Tampa, Florida on Monday causing minimal damage. RNC speeches have been postponed until Tuesday, the Daily News reports.

The damage to the RNC may be severe. Reuters wrote today:

"Romney could be robbed of some media attention - or worse, have images of convention festivities juxtaposed with searing split-screen television images of the storm's onslaught if Isaac dominates the news this week."