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Live Blog: Ann Romney from the RNC in Tampa

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11:15 p.m. : Good night from Tampa. I will get better at this.  Overall, Ann Romney will get lots of credit tonight for selling her husband well.  Tomorow night, Paul Ryan.

11:00 p.m. : Christie calls everyone to their feet. "Tonight, we stand up for Mitt Romney as the next president of the United States, (APPLAUSE) and together we will stand up again for American greatness for our children and our grandchildren."  Thank you, good night.

10:58 p.m. : Chris Christie calls for a "second American century."  T.V. cuts to Mitt and Ann Romney, who are sitting in the audience.

10:57 p.m. :Mr. President, real leaders don't read polls. Real leaders change polls."

10:56 p.m. : "There is doubt and fear in America." "These feelings are real." "This moment is real."

10:55 p.m.  : "It is time to end this era of absentee leadership in the White House." "American need Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and we need them right now."

10:51 p.m. : "It doesnt matter how we got here. There is enough blame to go around. It matters what we do now."

10:48 p.m.  : Christie on explaining that seniors will understand entitelments must be cut: "Our seniors are not selfish."

10:46: p.m. : "Our idea are right for America and their ideas have failed America." "The math of federal spending does not add up."  Christie calls for "fundamentally reducing the size of this government."  

10:40: p.m. : Here is some color:  Tampa Bay Times Forum is 20k seat arena.  It hosts the Tampa NHL team. The seats are nearly full. The Texas delegation is always the easiest to pick out, with their white cowboy hats.  Each state delegation has its tall narrow sign with its name on it. There is a lot of red - red carpet covers the arena floor.  

I am sitting high up in the highest press booth (really, just narrow tables. I am not exactly sitting with Anderson Cooper) and can see the red, white and blue balloons above the floor. They'll be dropped after Mitt Romney's speech Thursday night.

10:37 p.m.  : Christie tells the story of his parents. His mother was "the enforcer."  "I am my mother's son."

10:35 p.m.  : Now the red meat: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

10:32 p.m.  : Wow.  Big finish::  "Look into your hearts."  "These are our children. You can trust Mitt.  Just like when he took me home from that dance. Give America that same chance."  The crowd goes wild.  Mitt Romney joins his wife on stage. They join hands to The Temptations "My Girl."  They walk off hand in hand.

10:30 p.m.  : "I can tell you this: This man will not fail."  HUGE applaus.

10:26 p.m.  : "Mitt doesn't like to talk about how he has helped others becase he sees it as a privelege, not as a political talking point."  We are no different from the millions of people who quietly help their neighbors.  "Give and it shall be given unto you."

10:23 p.m.  :  We don't have a "storybook marriage, not at all. Those don't include M.S." - a reference to her Multiple Sclerosis. "What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage."

10:21 p.m.  : Of Mitt: "We got married and moved into an apartment.  We ate a lot of pasta and tuna fish.  Our table was a fold down ironing board in the kitchen."

10:19 p.m.  : "Everything has become harder" over the last few years.  She suggests a fix: "His name is Mitt Romney and you should really get to know him."

10:17 p.m.  : Romney says "its the mom's who've had to work a little harder to make things right, isn't it."  You know the fastest routes to the emergency room, when you are the mom.  "You are the best of America. You are the hope of America. Tonight, we salute you and sing your praises."

10:14 p.m. : "I'm not going to talk about politics."  "I want to talk from my heart. I want to talk about the one that that unites us - i want to talk about love."  

10:11 p.m.  : She urges everyone to hope and pray that everyone is safe in the path of Hurricane Isaac.

10:10 p.m.  : Ann Romney takes the stage at the RNC in a red dress. "What a welcome," she says to a wildly cheering crowd.

10:03 p.m. : Haley calls Ann Romney Mitt's "silver bullet."  She "makes all women proud."

10:00 p.m.  : South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaking now - touts her tough illegal immigration law, which the Obama Administration has challenged it.  

9:55 p.m.  : Let's say in this election, "mistake corrected."

9:51 p.m.  : "Let's put the poetry and suspend the hype...and start creating jobs again."

9:47 p.m.  : Former Republican Congressman Artur Davis on the stage now.  In 2008, he supported Obama. "We led with our hearts and dreams that America could be more inclusive" four years ago.

9:39 p.m. : Cruz also speaks of his father, who left Cuba for Texas.  Also: Obama is trying to divide us.

9:35 p.m  : U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz from Texas is on the stage now.  He is one of several Latinos to speak tonight. Romney needs more Latino support in key swing states like Florida to win.  Says Cruz: "Each of us must be judged not by the color of our skin but by the content of our character."

9:34 p.m.  : "A vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will put the country back in the hands of leaders."  Santorum gets polite applauses but nothing overwhelming.

9:31 p.m  : He tells the story of his daughter Bella, who suffers from a severe genetic disorder, and the importance of all children - "born and unborn."  "All of us have the right to live the American Dream."

9:28 p.m  : Richard John Santorum is 54 - young in politics - and may very well run for president again. He won the Iowa primary by 34 votes.  Romney has called him "an important voice" in the Republican Party.

9:26 p.m  : Santorum: "If America is going to succeed, we must stop the assault on marriage and the family today."

9:22 p.m  : Rick Santorum takes the stage. He says he remembers his father's "thick strong hands - hands that gave his family a chance to live the American dream."  Santorum of course, ran for president.  He is the darling of social conservatives.

9:19 p.m. : First correction.  It is ANN Romney.  No "e' in Ann.  My apologies to the possible next first lady.

9:15 p.m. : This is my first time live blogging.  Let's have fun.

9:07 p.m : I am live blogging from the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay tonight.  Anne Romney is due to speak tonight, along with keynote speaker New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  Plus a reported 'surprise guest'. We'll see.

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