August 27th, 2012
05:05 PM ET

At 7p ET: Special Coverage of RNC convention and latest on Tropical Storm Isaac

CNN's Erin Burnett is live tonight covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL. Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus gaveled the convention to order Monday and sent the convention to recess until Tuesday afternoon due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The RNC Chair did not let a threat of a storm derail the GOP's plan to attack the Obama administration's economic policy. Priebus unveiled two national debt clocks, one showing the increasing national debt, and the other displaying the debt accrued during the convention.

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

Tune to Erin Burnett on CNN starting at 7p ET for the latest on the Republican National Convention and the latest on Tropical Storm Isaac.

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CNN/Time Polls: Close contests in Florida and North Carolina

As the Republican convention gets underway, a new survey indicates the battle for this crucial battleground state's 29 electoral votes is extremely close.

And, according to a CNN/Time Magazine/ORC poll in North Carolina, the swing state where the Democratic convention kicks off next week, the race for the White House is a dead heat.

Both polls were released Monday.

The Florida survey indicates that 50% of likely Sunshine State voters are backing President Barack Obama, with 46% supporting Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The president's four point advantage is within the survey's sampling error. According to the poll, independent voters in Florida are divided.


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