First Night—9 Hours of Speeches!
The first night of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday was full of excitement and energy as thousands of delegates from all over the U.S. met to nominate their candidate, Mitt Romney. The crowd of aroudn 4,000 delegates on the floor of the convention hall in Tampa, Florida, seemed to radiate anticipation waiting for words from a variety of state governors and everyday small businessmen slated to speak in the nine-hour-long session.
Traditionally political conventions begin on Monday and end on Thursday with the official vote to name the head of the party’s ticket. This, year, as in 2008, Republicans canceled the first night of the convention because of a hurricane. In 2008 it was Gustav. This year Isaac made a pass at Tampa and a beeline for Louisiana.
Delegates arrived hours early on Tuesday to find their designated sets on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, home of the Tampa Bay Lightening hockey team. No one wanted to miss upcoming speakers Ann Romney, wife of the candidate; Ted Cruz, U.S. Senate candidate from Texas; and Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina, to name but a few.
Highlight of the night was Ann Romney's heartfelt speech about her husband as a person rather than a politician. The evening ended with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's keynote address.
PHOTO: Around 5:30 p.m. delegates began finding their seats to prepare for Tuesday night's top speeches during a nine-hour session at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.