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A sea of balloons and confetti remain on the floor after the end of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Justin Genco makes a snow angel in the sea of balloons and confetti on the floor of the convention after the end of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Construction workers waste little time dismantling the sets and floors that were once a part of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Mitt Romney, center, Paul Ryan and their families celebrate their nomination with a balloon drop at the Republican National Convention.

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A balloon drop celebrates the nomination of Romney and Ryan.

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Romney and Ryan are cheered as Republicans celebrate their official nomination at the GOP convention.

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Mitt Romney is greeted by delegates upon his arrival at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night.

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Mitt Romney arrives at the Republican National Convention for his address on Thursday night.

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Mitt Romney begins his address at the Republican National Convention.

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Delegates wave their flags during a musical number at the Republican National Convention.

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Delegates from Texas show their enthusiasm during a performance by singer Taylor Hicks.

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Delegates close their eyes and pray during the invocation Thursday.

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Delegates wave their signs.

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California delegate Don Genhart.

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Mitt Romney masks have been popular.

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Mitt Romney has some fun with his staff before posing for a formal group portrait on the final day of the Republican National Convention.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan pose for a formal portrait with their campaign staffers in the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday.

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The GOP ticket -- Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan -- is front and center in a group portrait.

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Mitt Romney prepares for his speech as the stage crew sets up in Tampa.

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Janet Leombruna, with the Massachusetts GOP, dances in the aisles as the Republican National Convention begins its final night.

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa begins its final night on Thursday.

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa begins its final night.

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Rep. Paul Ryan and his wife, Janna, accompanied by daughter Liza, on stage at the Republican National Convention.

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks at the Republican National Convention.

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The crowd reacts to Rep. Paul Ryan's acceptance speech as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

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Delegates wore Paul Ryan masks on the floor at the Republican National Convention.

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About 100 delegates from all over the country chant, "So goes Maine, so goes the country," as they march out of the Republican National Convention. They were sympathetic to the plight of Ron Paul's Maine delegates, who were not seated at the convention.

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A Planned Parenthood rally at Riverside Park in Tampa continues despite a downpour. The rally was held a few miles from the site of the Republican National Convention.

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"Romneyville" is a tent city on the edge of downtown Tampa where the homeless coexist with protesters.

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Protesters from "Romneyville" gather in Riverside Park to lend support to a Planned Parenthood rally while police officers on bikes monitor their actions.

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Occupy activists John Penley, left, and Vermin Supreme at "Romneyville."

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Protesters gather in Riverside Park, with one wearing an "Anonymous" mask.

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Masks of Rep. Paul D. Ryan are making appearances on the GOP convention floor Wednesday evening, when he is to accept the vice presidential nomination.

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A member of the Republican Jewish Coalition wears his anti-Obama button during an afternoon rally in Tampa, Fla.

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Video featuring former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush is shown at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa during the Republican National Convention.

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Recording artist Ayla Brown sings the national anthem as the Amputee Veterans of America Support Team presents the colors at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa during the Republican National Convention.

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, center, listens as Ayla Brown sings the national anthem during the presentation of colors by the Amputee Veterans of America Support Team at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Members of the Amputee Veterans of America Support Team present the colors at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention.

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Arizona Sen. John McCain addresses the audience during the Republican National Convention on Wednesday.

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Thousands of balloons are poised to drop Thursday night after Mitt Romney's speech at the Republican National Convention.

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A young volunteer stands next to campaign signs at the GOP convention.

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A delegate sits in the prayer room at the Republican National Convention.

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Ann and Mitt Romney stand together onstage Tuesday during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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Scott Romney, seated with the Michigan delegation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., cheers when his brother Mitt received the votes needed to clinch the presidential nomination.

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Surrounded by family photos, Ann Romney delivers a personal message about her husband, Mitt Romney, during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla.

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Ann Romney waves onstage after delivering her speech Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

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Delegates wave the signs with a common slogan during the Tuesday evening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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Lillian Welch,1, and her father Kyle, from Massachusetts, listen to speakers Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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Hats like this one adorned with tea bags are on display during Tuesday night's session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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The Texas delegates raise their hats Tuesday during the the Republican National Convention, held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Maine delegate and Ron Paul supporter Pete Harring shouts as he walks out of the hall in disgust over not being seated Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

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Texas Congressman Ron Paul greets supporters from the Texas delegation Tuesday during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Delegates from Ohio dance at the Republican National Convention.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann stands Tuesday with the delegates from her home state of Minnesota and from Texas on the floor of the Republican National Convention.

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Police officers in riot gear stand guard in front of protesters Monday during a demonstration at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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Protesters use a laptop computer under a poncho following a demonstration Monday at the Republican National Convention.

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A protesters shouts as he walks past police officers in riot gear following a demonstration Monday at the Republican National Convention.

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An anti-GOP protester wears a Guy Fawkes mask, symbol of the occupy movement, during a protest rally in downtown Tampa, Fla.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks with staff after boarding his plane for Tampa.

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Former republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista appear on stage during a sound check at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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The first day of business at the 2012 Republican National Convention is called to order Monday by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

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Delegates from Massachusetts clap and cheer on the weather-shortened first day of business Monday at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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California delegate Gary Felien wears his special straw hat during a breakfast pep rally for the delegation at the Tradewinds Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

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Mitt Romney campaign buttons are showing up at the breakfast pep rally for the California delegation at the Tradewinds Hotel in St. Pete Beach. With a rain-shortened session, most of the delegation spent the day away from the convention hall.

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Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Meg Whitman and former California Gov. Pete Wilson attend a breakfast for the California delegation.

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California delegates are energized by a speech from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a breakfast pep rally Monday for the delegation.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to California delegates during a breakfast pep rally at their hotel.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to California delegates.

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California delegate Maxine Bennett of Hanford watches a break in the weather with her husband, Gary Bennett, at their Tampa hotel.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to the media on the floor before the start of the abbreviated first day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday in Tampa, Fla. The RNC is scheduled to convene today, but will hold its first full session Tuesday after being delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

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Convention-goers seek shelter under an umbrella before the start of the abbreviated first day of the Republican National Convention outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Rigger Omar Acebedo maneuvers down to the floor of the Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Monday.

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The delegation signs are ready at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, site of the the Republican National Convention. The convention has been shortened to three days because of severe weather from Tropical Storm Isaac in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Stage crews are reflected in glassy surfaces of the camera platforms inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Their nominations for president and vice president aren't yet official, but the ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul D. Ryan is already the star of the convention.

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Stage crews assemble platforms and decorations in the convention hall.

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With preparations all but finished, the delegates just have to wait out Tropical Storm Isaac as it passes to the west in the Gulf of Mexico. Events are now scheduled to get under way Tuesday.

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus makes the rounds in the convention hall.

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The stage is set.

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A tribute to former astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, who died Saturday at 82.

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Early arrivals prepare to check out the convention hall.

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2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

On the final day of the RNC, presidential nominee Mitt Romney addressed the convention delegates.

He officially gained the Republican presidential nomination on a day when his party tried to steer national attention toward its storm-shortened convention in Tampa, Fla.

At Tuesday’s proceedings,hastily reprogrammed because of cancellations Monday due to the storm called Isaac, Romney’s wife, Ann, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were the prime-time attractions. Their appearances were designed to give voters a more intimate glimpse of the GOP nominee and to amplify Romney’s critique of President Obama.

Ann Romney’s deeply personal speech, woven around the story of their life and family, was also a paean to women — a voter group that has been largely resistant to her husband — as the pivotal force in everyday life.

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“I love you women! And I hear your voices,” she said during 21-minute speech punctuated with nervous laughs. “You are the best of America.”

When she was done, her husband emerged from backstage, past a collage of black-and-white blowups from the family album, to hug her and deliver two brief kisses. “You were fabulous,” he told her.

Christie, the tough-talking Jersey pol, was chosen by Romney to deliver the evening-ending keynote address, a convention staple that typically features some of the most combative rhetoric of the entire event.

Christie delivered an outsider message aimed at the nation’s leaders, prefaced by a long description of his own life and gubernatorial record.

The governor never mentioned Obama by name. His most direct reference accused “Mr. President” of being poll-driven, a familiar gibe at incumbents.

“I’m here to tell you tonight that it is time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders to the White House. America needs Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and we need them right now,” Christie said to loud applause. Romney looked on from the audience, seated between his wife and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

One of the hardest-hitting attacks on Obama came from unsuccessful GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum. The socially conservative former Pennsylvania senator assailed Obama’s election-year executive actions to spare some young illegal immigrants from deportation and allow states to seek waivers from the federal welfare law that Santorum helped draft.

“President Obama rules like he is above the law,” Santorum said. “Americans take heed: When a president can simply give a speech or write a memo and change the law to do what the law says he cannot do, we will no longer be a republic.” He accused Obama of creating “a nightmare of dependency” and drew cheers with a rare podium reference against abortion.

5 Comments

  1. August 29, 2012, 11:20 am

    As a voter that does not vote party but does vote concience Romney is the only choice. It is not just about Obama it is about his affiliiates. You cannot surround yourself with mirror images of yourself and successfully govern a diverse poopulation… Nor can You promote change when you are close minded and not open to changing yourself and You certainli cannot work or believe you are above the laws of the very goverment you are representing. More has been done to tear us down than build us up. I am a 65 and work full time. I need SS and medicare for when I can no longer work but not at the expense of my grandchildren.

    By: l. selva
  2. August 29, 2012, 6:53 pm

    Such a hypocrite with offshore tax haven accounts with his 'anti-christ' pick for a v.p.who voted for allll wars, tax breaks for the rich WITHOUT paying FOR ANY OF IT. THEY are WHY we are HERE today int the state we're in!~ GEORGE BUSH and HIS cronies who are ALL running Mitt' the bad seed' Romney.

    By: heidilee2
  3. August 31, 2012, 5:36 am

    I thought that the RNC Convention was fantastic! I am happy to be a conservative and not have to listen to all the accusatory, mean-spirited speeches. I will watch some of the Democratic Convention, but cannot sit and listen to the "Blame It on Bush" and everyone else in the world. I think that the people of America found out who our conversatives are and what a blessing it is to have Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on the same ticket. I was also impressed with Mia Love. Marco and Condi were fantastic, but Mia was a first for me. You "Go Girl"!
    All in all, I was very happy with the outcome of the Convention.

    By: ladyhawkevilla@q.com
  4. August 31, 2012, 5:37 am

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