Republicans to unveil national debt clock inside GOP convention hall

The clock's ticking at the Republican National Convention.

Starting Monday, Republicans will have two digital debt-clock counters clicking away throughout this week's convention in Tampa. One is already up and running and shows the cumulative debt owed by the government -- an amount approaching $16 trillion.

The other will start when RNC Chairman Reince Priebus bangs the gavel during Monday afternoon's opener. It will remain on until Priebus closes out the convention -- that's expected to happen Thursday night.

"This clock reminds every delegate and every American why we are here in Tampa - because America can and must do better," Priebus said in an RNC press release. "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are the right leaders at the right time for America. They will turn this fiscal mess around, get people back to work and set our country on a strong foundation for generations to come."

The presence of the two clocks will certainly play to many convention-goers who think decades of budget-busting Washington spending have hampered the nation's economic recovery and may even threaten national security.