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Did GOP Convention Speeches Change Your Vote?

Ann Romney and Chris Christie took the primetime spotlight on Tuesday during the first of three days for the Republican gathering in Tampa.

Taking the primetime stage during the first night of the three-day Republican National Convention Tuesday was Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

"I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us … Tonight I want to talk to you about love," Ann Romney said. "I want to talk to you about the deep and abiding love I have for a man I met at a dance many years ago. And the profound love I have, and I know we share, for this country."

Later keeping with the love theme, Christie announced: "Tonight, we are going to do what my mother taught me. Tonight, we are going to choose respect over love."

Tuesday sealed the deal for Mitt Romney being the first Mormon to be nominated for president by either political party.

There was high energy amid the roughly 20,000 delegates and supporters at the Tampa Bay Times Forum as they listened to four hours worth of speakers. Many speculate that Ann's speech was the most important when it comes to her husband's bid for the nation's top elected post.

Romney, a 65-year old former governor of Massachusetts, is trailing President Obama among women voters, especially in critical swing states like Ohio and Virginia. Romney also is not personally popular, even if more voters trust him on key issues like the economy and jobs.

"It's the moms of this nation—single, married, widowed—who really hold this country together," Ann Romney said. "We're the mothers, we're the wives, we're the grandmothers, we're the big sisters, we're the little sisters, and we are the daughters."

On Wednesday night, Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, will give the prime time speech, and on Thursday, Romney will end the convention.

Has the GOP convention so far altered the way you'll vote in November? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments.

Greg September 03, 2012 at 02:56 AM
CVinson - Apparently you don't remember, or probably didn't know since you're new to this whole political scene since you probably only started paying attention 4 or 5 years ago, but they grilled Bush to get his school and service records, which released. And yes, they still ask for transcripts and references during job interviews, I would definitely have to ask for yours. How do we know he graduated? From where did he? When? How do we know, he has had them sealed. Is he intelligent? I have to say he is sly and I cannot trust anyone who is not truthful and forthcoming. I believe that any political figure that cannot talk from his thoughts and heart without a teleprompter is someone I do not care to have managing my country. I hope the upcoming debates are not scripted and they do not know the exact questions that will be asked, because Obama is so bad at not being able to answer them without an "uh" or "umm" or "like" coming out every other word that he will look like a fool.
C. Vinson September 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Greg - SMH. Wow, do you have any ORIGNAL ideas or thoughts? I've been paying attention ALOT longer than 4 years. Too bad you make poor ASSumptions. Still throwing out the teleprompter line. Exactly where did you hear that his records are sealed? There is NO COURT order to seal his records. They are protected as much as your records are (if you went to college) by privacy laws. George Bush's Yale grades became public because someone leaked them.
Chris Long September 03, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Richard, it doesn't take a crystal ball to identify you for what you are. All one needs to do is read your posts & this becomes abundantly clear. You may not like labels, but that doesn't change the fact that they apply to you. & our political divide has so little to do w/labels. We've had labels for our entire history, & in that time we've come further & gone farther than any country on the planet. Our problems today stem from polarization due to vastly different political & economic ideologies. The divide between left & right used to be so small that you could easily reach across the aisle, but now that divide is so expansive that it's next to impossible to come together. Heck, the divide w/in the parties themselves is almost getting to that point. PS -- you can't have diversity w/o labels. W/o labels all you're left w/in the melting pot is a bland, homogeneous stock w/no identity.
Carolyn McKenney September 08, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Danny, Here a just a "few facts" concerning Romney. 1. He gave his entire inheritance to charity. 2. Worked as Massachusetts Governor for 4 years unpaid 3. Spent two years in Paris as a missionary (unpaid, of course) 4. Was the Unpaid president of his church for 10 years 5. Worked on his fathers gubernatorial campaign for one year (unpaid) 6. Worked for years (unpaid) in the governors office. I could go on, but you get the point I know
Carolyn McKenney September 08, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Mitt Romney is a good man who as Clint Eastwood put it "likes to play it close to the vest" and does not go around boasting about all the good he has done. He is NOT in it for any other reason but Service to his country. No Hidden Agendas

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