GOP Convention Begins With a "Debt Clock"


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An abbreviated 2012 Republican National Convention will begin today with the activation of a "debt clock." Repbulican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will call the convention to order at 2 p.m. this afternoon. He will then promptly activate the "debt clock," which will show a representation of the total U.S. National debt and count up towards $16 Trillion during the convention.

“This clock reminds every delegate and every American why we are here in Tampa - because America can and must do better,” said Priebus. “Every American’s share of the national debt has increased by approximately $16,000 during the current administration."

Priebus added that Mitt Romney would be able to "turn this fiscal mess around."

The activation of the debt clock will be the only official event of the Republican National Convention on Monday. A full speaking lineup was originally scheduled, but worries about Tropical Storm Isaac caused convention organizers to rearrange the schedule. Nearly the entire convention will now take place in three days instead of four.

A full current schedule for the convention can be found on the Republican National Convention's website. Some of the speakers to be featured during the convention include Speaker of the House John Boehner, former senator Rick Santorum, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (who recently became the first woman to join Augusta National), and, of course, Mitt Romney.