Romney aide: 'Full steam ahead' with GOP convention

The comments came after a day of speculation that Republicans might again truncate or cancel large portions of their convention schedule with Isaac gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico. But Schriefer insisted Monday that planners believed that the storm would not further disrupt proceedings at the convention.

"I don't think it really is going to change much of what we're going to do," Schriefer said. "We're going to continue to talk about the differences between Gov. Romney and President Obama — I think this is a good debate, a healthy debate."

The aide to GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney also said the party had not consulted with speakers about mentions of the storm, instead leaving it up to each participant's discretion.

"We haven't coached anyone on that yet," Schriefer said.

Instead, party officials looked to emphasize a day of big-name speakers and the official nomination of Romney as the party's presidential candidate.

Schriefer also said he had read former Sen. Rick Santorum's (R-Pa.) speech and predicted it would be "particularly good." The speech, much like Santorum's stump address during the GOP primary, is expected to discuss his background as a son of immigrants — and tie into recent Romney attacks on changes proposed by the Obama administration to welfare's work requirement.

"We look forward to moving ahead with our program," Schriefer said.