Oklahoma delegates to the Republican National Convention held their first communal breakfast Monday morning at their Tampa hotel and heard from three members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation and the political director for the national party.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who had two Oklahoma radio interviews scheduled during the breakfast, elicited some live cheers from the assembled delegates for the Oklahoma City and Tulsa radio audiences.
Reps. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, and Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, also spoke, giving preach-to-the-choir remarks about the Obama administration.
Rick Wiley, political director for the Republican National Committee, gave a talk laden with anecdotes about how GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney can win the swing states, including Florida.
Some gusty winds and light rain prevailed outside during the breakfast, but the sun also started to break through as Tropical Storm Isaac began to head west.
Most convention proceedings were cancelled for Monday out of caution about the storm, leaving some delegates with time on their hands. Some planned to attend a reception hosted by the Choctaw Nation, others considered going to an anti-Obama movie called “2016,” which is showing near the delegation’s hotel.
Sen. Jim Inhofe speaks in Tampa
Rep. Frank Lucas speaks in Tampa