The Republican National Convention was shortened this year due to the threat of Hurricane Isaac. But, the hurricane veered off it’s predicted path and spared the host city of Tampa.
Delegates cheered as they gathered to officially nominated Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate. Republican heavy hitters from all around the U.S. were on hand to lend their support. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie bellowed, “We have Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan. We must make them President and Vice President!” Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty echoed Christie’s message, “Mitt Romney knows what our problems are, and he has the tools, the experience, the energy, and the right policies to fix them.”
The most anticipated speech of the convention was Ann Romney’s political debut. “She had never used a teleprompter or given a speech of that magnitude before,” says DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan. Political Science Professor Stephen Caliendo says Mrs. Romney really needed share a side of Romney that the public hasn’t seen. And, everyone thought she hit the mark. Mrs. Romney shared stories from the past, identified with women in the United States. She appeared calm and collected. “She really warmed up the room” says Grogan.
With recent polls showing that suburban voters could end up deciding the election the candidates are tailoring their message to their biggest concern: the economy. Naperville residents agree, saying their top concern is the economy.
The Republican Party has used the convention to lay out some of their solutions to fixing the economy which including, limiting government, deregulation of business, and getting federal spending under control.
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