Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was officially nominated as
the Republican Party's presidential candidate Tuesday, ending a lengthy
selection process that began with the Iowa caucus vote in early January.
Republican delegates attending the party's national convention in Tampa,
Florida, also heard a rousing speech from New Jersey Governor Chris
Although there was no suspense about the outcome, Republicans went ahead
with the traditional roll call of the states that assured Mitt Romney of
the presidential nomination and a showdown with President Barack Obama
in the November election.
Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan was also nominated to be Romney's
vice presidential running mate.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a favorite with conservative
activists within the party, delivered what is known as the convention
keynote speech that touched on the main themes the Republicans will
emphasize during the campaign.
I don't know about you but I don't want my children and grandchildren
to have to read in a history book what it was like to live in an
American century," said Christie. "I don't want their only inheritance
to be an enormous government that has overtaxed, overspent and
over-borrowed a great people into second-class citizenship. I want them
to live in a second American Century. A second American Century.
Delegates also gave a warm reception to Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, who is
likely to play a larger campaign role in trying to attract women voters.
Ann Romney also sought to highlight her husband's personal side, part of
a broader Republican effort this week to help Romney better connect with
I can't tell you what will happen over the next four years," she said.
"But I can only stand here tonight as a mother, a wife, a grandmother,
an American, and make you this solemn commitment: This man will not
Romney joined his wife onstage briefly after her speech amid cheers from
Polls show Obama with a slight lead nationally and in several
competitive so-called battleground states, thanks in large part to a
clear edge over Romney among women voters.
Some of Romney's former rivals for the Republican nomination have also
rallied around him at the convention, including former Pennsylvania
senator Rick Santorum, a favorite of social conservatives within the
are stewards of a great inheritance," said Santorum. "In November we
have a chance to vote for life and liberty, not dependency. A vote for
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will put our country back in the hands of
leaders who understand what America can and, for the sake of our
children, must be to keep the dream alive.
Democratic Party officials have set up a small counter operation here in
Tampa to try to blunt the Republican attacks on President Obama's
economic record, the key issue in the campaign.
Maryland's Democratic Governor, Martin O'Malley, was among those who
spoke to reporters on a conference call.
On the national scale, Romney economics would spell disaster for
America's middle class, would be wrong for America's middle class, would
not grow our middle class and in fact would harm our middle class," said
The convention builds to a climax on Thursday when Mitt Romney gives his
acceptance speech before a nationwide television audience. But it's not
known yet how much of a distraction Hurricane Isaac will prove to be as
it makes landfall along the Gulf of Mexico coast in Louisiana.