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CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS: Romney nominated; Ann Romney, Chris Christie speak

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | 10:57 p.m. CDT; updated 1:08 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

This article was written by David Conway based on reporting from The Associated Press.

The first full day of the 2012 Republican National Convention saw the official nomination of Mitt Romney as the party's presidential candidate, a high-profile speech from Ann Romney, his wife, and a keynote address from New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

After Mitt Romney's nomination earlier in the day, largely a formality after an extended primary race that saw him outlast a wide array of competitors, the prospective first lady attempted to show a more human side of her husband in her biggest speech to date.

The keynote speech

Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, closed the day by delivering the convention's keynote speech. Christie, who became governor of the Democratic-leaning state after winning a 2009 election, tried to make a case that President Barack Obama hasn't done enough to fix the economy.

At the convention

While Hurricane Isaac didn't affect Tampa in the way many feared it would, the impact it had on the RNC's schedule has put a damper on local businesses that expected significant revenue because of the convention.

Though Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn acknowledged the lack of activity in the city Monday, he remained confident the convention will prove to be a significant economic boon for businesses by the week's end.

The Democrats' view

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama addressed Hurricane Isaac, headed for the Gulf Coast, as he also continued campaigning in Ames, Iowa.

The high-pressure juggling act was representative of the multifaceted work a president running for re-election must manage. White House officials said Obama's campaigning could be curtailed if events in the Gulf take a turn for the worse, but that it was important for the president to continue to make his case as the election grows closer.

What to watch for

Wednesday's convention schedule is headlined by a speech from vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan.

Other speakers include former governors Mike Huckabee and Tim Pawlenty, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, John Thune of South Dakota, John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Supervising editor is Frank Russell.


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