Tropical Storm Isaac may mean a shorter national convention for the Republican Party, but it did not stop the party's conservative wing from gathering as planned.

Many members of the Tea Party movement are supporters of Ron Paul, the conservative Texas lawmaker and perennial presidential candidate.

The Republicans offered to let Paul speak at the convention, but he reportedly turned them down after refusing to let party officials approve his speech.

Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports from Tampa.

Source: Al Jazeera