Convention spokesman James Davis said organizers were closely monitoring the storm's path but planned to rely on emergency management officials to guide decisions on whether to relocate delegates at waterfront hotels. So far, none has been moved nor had officials received word of major problems for inbound delegates.
Mr. Davis said the GOP's advice to delegates was "if your travel plans have not been interrupted and they're set, we recommend you come on down."
With Isaac boring down on the coast, President Obama, who had been at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, dispatched the Federal Emergency Management Agency to establish a command center and move more resources into the state. Vice President Joe Biden scrapped a planned campaign trip into Florida that was to counter the start of the GOP convention.
Republicans hope to use this week's convention to cast Romney as a determined leader with the know-how to fix the country's economy. They also want to introduce him as a family-oriented figure to counter the image of him as a ruthless businessman, as Democrats have sought to brand him.
Romney and his wife, Ann, looked to show off the more personal side with a joint interview airing Sunday.