Paul Ryan to join fellow Republicans in Tampa as hurricane Isaac approaches

GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan

Republican presidential candidate Paul Ryan is expected to head to Tampa on Tuesday morning to officially accept his party's presidential nomination.

GOP officials cut the Florida based convention to three days due to the threat from Tropical Storm Isaac.

Ryan was in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, on Monday where he addressed a crowd  at his former High School.

Ryan told voters that the community needs to help themselves, rather than rely solely on Government, according to the LA Times.

He praised local services such as Janesville’s food bank, the community hospital, the local YMCA and Boys and Girls Club.

“These are things that we do in our communities that bring us together, that help our neighbors in need. They call it civil society. I call it Janesville, Wisc.,” he said.

“What is important is that our government respects this, that our government honors this, that our government works for the people and not the other way around.”

“We live together in freedom. What we do in our communities is we look out for one another, that’s what’s so special. That’s what government can’t replace or displace,” he said.

“While we take stock of our community, I think we should right now put in our minds and our prayers the people who have been victims of Hurricane Isaac and those now who stand in the path of the storm,” Ryan said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled his plans to visit Tampa this week due to a concern his trip may disrupt disaster planning for Tropical Storm Isaac.

Biden had planned to visit the Florida city hosting the Republican convention but his trip was postponed so that local emergency management authorities “can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm, as well as those attending the activities in Tampa,” President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign said in an emailed statement over the weekend.