Last night set the speech bar pretty high in Tampa.
What started out as a slower night really kicked into high gear when the marquis speakers walked behind the podium. Former candidate and Senator Rick Santorum, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz all crushed their speeches with great personal stories and energizing messages to get the crowd going and excited for the main speakers.
Those headliners, Ann Romney, and Chris Christie are both receiving high marks this morning for their speeches. More on that later today.
Today, the conversation turns a little more academic. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Former candidate and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty take the stage. Then you’ve got Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi taking the stage in what could be a national coming out party for her. All setting up Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Congressman who will be taking his place as the Vice-Presidential candidate in what is promising to be a rocking night in Tampa.
These stories lead your Tuesday morning political headlines.
WESH 2: Double Play!
Orlando Sentinel: Mitt Romney gains GOP nomination, but his wife steals the night
WOFL FOX 35: Republicans nominate Mitt Romney for president
WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: (Video) Republican convention is in full-throated roar
WKMG Local 6: Romney officially clinches GOP nomination
CF News 13: Bondi, Rice and Ryan headliners at RNC today