The GOP takes over the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 42 days before the RNC starts

"This economy is not doing just fine," Priebus stated, pouncing on a now well documented faux pax by the president. "The people across America are demanding change and change fast, and a change of direction for this country. That change of direction will come right here where we stand today, when we nominate Governor Mitt Romney as our nominee of our party."


Priebus then went on to say how Tampa Bay has "truly welcomed us into the community," saying that the Republicans look forward to eating in local restaurants and patronizing local shops.


A moment later though he was back in attack dog mode, saying that the American people are "starving" for authentic candidates who understand "that when you make promises, you keep promises."


Afterwards Priebus fielded questions that didn't yield much news. He said he couldn't say if Rick Scott and/or Marco Rubio would speak during the convention, saying it was "way too early" for those decisions to be made. When asked about Mitt Romney's reluctance to release more of his tax returns, Priebus repeated the mantra that he'd gone "above and beyond" in complying with the law.

The Republican Party now has control of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and doesn't plan on relinquishing it until they nominate their candidate for president at the end of next month.

The home of the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning franchise began being transformed on Sunday into the site of this year's Republican National Convention, where Mitt Romney will accept the nomination of his party for president in 46 days. Between 200-300 people will work on converting the arena for the convention, and the total cost of the whole party will be around $20 million, said convention COO Michael Miller.

At a news conference on Monday afternoon Miller informed the local media about the details of the transformation, which includes removing around 3,000 seats that will be put in storage, as well as improving the acoustics (at a cost of $400,000) and adding an additional two megawatts of electrical capacity.

Although Ken Jones from the Host Committee frequently says that his committee's not political but simply to put on an event that showcases Tampa Bay, that attitude is not where Reince Priebus is all about.

The Chairman of the Republican National Committee has two main jobs - raising money, and being top cheerleader in charge. Under that role, that means he's all about bashing Barack Obama, which he did in spades on Monday afternoon.

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