Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
August 26th, 2012
07:43 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Republican National Convention in Tampa

Setting the stage for the race to November, The Tampa Bay Times Forum hosts the Republican National Convention. The Republican National Committee canceled the program's first day because of Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Isaac. The convention will convene on Monday and then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said.

The convention has been scheduled to culminate Thursday with Mitt Romney accepting the GOP nomination for presidential candidacy. However, a GOP source confirmed to CNN late Sunday afternoon that Republican Party officials are considering extending their convention by a day.

Once considered Romney's fiercest competitor for the Republican presidential nomination, Rick Santorum will speak at the RNC. Also expected to speak are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and  Ann Romney, the candidate's wife.