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Live from Tampa: Day 1 of the Republican National Convention

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (C) stands at the podium ahead of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Today marks the beginning of the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida. While Mitt Romney has long been the GOP nominee, this event will serve as the formal coronation of his candidacy as the Republican standard bearer and chief opposition to President Barack Obama.

It will also provide Americans with a more pointed view of his chosen running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan from Wisconsin. Additionally, the official party platform will be adopted and presented to the American people. Republicans are wasting no time and hope to immediately start attacking Obama on his perceived failures with the theme of tonight being “We Can Do Better.” The following themes for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively are “We Built It,” “We Can Change It,” and “We Believe in America.”

AirTalk is live at the convention hall to give listeners a peek into this momentous political event and set the tone for what’s happening on the ground in Tampa.

What issues will arise on each themed night? What specific points will the speakers at the convention raise not only about the difference between Romney and Obama, but between the two parties themselves? What will America’s future under the GOP look like? With a roster including House Majority Leader John Boehner, Senator Rand Paul and Ann Romney, who are you looking forward most to seeing on the dais? Who will make the biggest splash?


Rob Lorei, News Director, WMNF Radio Tampa

Shawn Steel, Deputy Permanent Co-Chairman for the Republican National Committee’s quadrennial convention; California national committeeman, RNC; former California Republican Party chairman

Frank Stoltze, KPCC Reporter covering the RNC; Stoltze was at the California delegation which had some significant political figures in attendance

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