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Texas delegates meet ahead of convention kickoff

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The Texas GOP delegation officially convened in Florida Sunday afternoon, ahead of the Republican National Convention.

The group of more than 100 had plenty to discuss, including the weather.

"Just like that hurricane that's coming through, we're going to be a hurricane in a couple months and sweep them all out," Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri said.

No, the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac cannot dampen the Texas spirit—but it just might dampen their patriotic clothing.

"You have to be flexible,” Curt Nelson, a delegate from San Antonio, said. “First and foremost is the safety of individuals—certainly here in Tampa, so we're flexible. We're here for the duration."

A good number of the Lone Star State's 155 delegates and 152 alternates met Sunday afternoon, north of Tampa, ahead of the Republican National Convention.

“We're going to have a great convention,” Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said. “Everyone is banding together knowing that the hurricane has caused this delay, but we have a message and it is 'Take America back."

Sen. Hutchison is marking her last convention, while Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson looked forward to his first.

"I'm a delegate,” Patterson said. “I have one vote of how many thousand, and I think the Texas delegation is unanimous in opposition to a change to take away their unfettered authority to pick delegates."

Patterson is among those in the Texas delegation upset over two of the RNC's proposed rule changes.

One rule change would limit a state's eligible delegates to a group pre-certified or hand-selected by the party's presidential nominee. The other, would allow the RNC to change its rules between conventions.

"The rules 12 and 15—they're pretty much the epitome of what we don't want to be and what we strived to work against," Gilbert Vasquez, a delegate out of Denton, said.

And now it's up to the delegates to vote.

Despite the RNC's schedule, several of the people here intend to go to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday anyway to ensure they don't miss the opportunity to make their voices heard.

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