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Who makes the call to cancel the convention?

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Despite a flurry of confusing, contradictory public statements, state and RNC leaders will all have different roles to play in shortening, canceling or postponing the convention if Isaac bears down on Tampa.

State leaders planned for the possibility of a hurricane hitting the Republican National Convention in drills back in May.

At the time, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll repeatedly said Governor Scott would make the call of whether to cancel the convention if a storm threatened Tampa Bay the weekend before the event.

"They will take our lead," Lt. Gov. Carroll said. "The governor will make that decision. This is his state and public safety is his priority."

But in a Thursday morning briefing, Governor Scott deferred that decision to the RNC.

"The way it works is the convention has the decision," Scott said. "The convention ultimately makes the decision."

On Wednesday night, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus deferred to local officials.

"I'm a guy from Wisconsin, and you're all telling me don't worry about it. We're taking the good folks of Tampa's lead on this," Priebus said.

The city, county, state and RNC will all make decisions. But they're all working together, so their decisions should all be in sync. If a storm hits, the governor would declare a state of emergency for affected areas. Local emergency managers then would order evacuations as needed. The RNC would decide whether to shorten or suspend the convention.

They'll all be looking at the same data and working as a team.  

"We will be in lockstep," said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

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