The Republican National Convention came to an exciting end Thursday night as former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney formerly accepted his party's nomination for President.
"Mr. Chairman, delegates. I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America," Romney said. "I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me. It is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility."
The Tampa Bay Times Forum was buzzing with anticipation all night. But before Romney took the stage, delegates and party members heard speeches from former Speaker of the House and former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, actor/director Clint Eastwood, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
Rubio introduced Romney, who made his way to the stage by walking through the thick crowd of delegates on the floor. When he finally made it to the podium, the convention went berserk.
The Forum was so loud, in fact, that Romney was unable to make it all the way through the beginning of his speech without being interrupted by roars of cheers and applause.
But once he accepted the Republican nomination, Romney launched into his remarks.
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Photo: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney acknowledges delegates before speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday, August 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)