Ann Romney Speaks to Republican Party

Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Flaorida, Aug. 28, 2012.
Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Flaorida, Aug. 28, 2012.
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The wife of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is asking the country to give her husband the chance to lead the United States "to a better place."

Ann Romney used her speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night to promote her husband's accomplishments as a businessman,  governor of Massachusetts and leader in the Mormon church.

She also reached out to women voters, saying they were "the best of America, the hope of America."

After her speech, Ann Romney she was greeted at the podium by her husband with a congratulatory hug and kiss.

On the day Mitt Romney secured the party's nomination for president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is closing Tuesday's event with his keynote address.

During roll call late Tuesday, Republican party delegates from across the country cast the more than 1,144 votes needed for Romney, the former Massachusetts governor.

Fellow Republican presidential candidate, Texas Representative Ron Paul, also received some votes.

Former Congressman Artur Davis, an Alabama Democrat-turned-Republican, told convention attendees that Romney is the "most experienced executive to seek the presidency" in 60 years.

Party officials are hoping Mrs. Romney's speech will showcase a more personal side of the Republican candidate than the image the Obama campaign has painted of him as a wealthy businessman who has little connection with everyday Americans and their economic concerns.  Christie is expected to pinpoint what Republicans see as the significant failures of Obama's tenure over the last three-and-a-half years.

Tuesday has been the first full day of the Republican convention, with most events canceled Monday as Tropical Storm Isaac skirted Florida's western coastline before becoming a hurricane.  Convention officials are still watching the storm's path as it heads toward the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico for a possible landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday in Louisiana and it could again force changes in the convention schedule.

The Republican governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, canceled his planned convention speech, saying he was staying home to deal with the prospect of Isaac hitting his state.

President Barack Obama is spending Tuesday and Wednesday campaigning in college towns in Iowa, Colorado and Virginia.  The Democrats hold their convention next week in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Mitt Romney, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R) and Campaign Manager Matt Rhoades pose for a staff portrait on the steps of the stage at the Republican National Conventionm in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012.
  • Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan wave to delegates after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012.
  • Mitt Romney hugs his grandchildren after his speech, August 30, 2012.
  • Actor Clint Eastwood speaks to an empty chair on the final night of the convention, August 30, 2012.
  • The Republican National Convention main stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. (B. Allen/VOA)
  • The Texas delegation reacts to speeches at the convention. (J. Featherly/VOA)
  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice addresses the crowd, August 29, 2012. (J. Featherly/VOA)
  • Ann Romney hugs her husband after she addressed delegates during the second session of the Republican National Convention, August 28, 2012.
  • Montana delegates on the floor of the convention. (J. Featherly/VOA)
  • Dona Poelman from Racine, Wisconsin accessorizes her shirt at the RNC.
  • Delegates cheer as an image of Mitt Romney is displayed during the opening session, August 27, 2012.
  • Texas delegate Clint Moore and the rest of Texas delegates fashion their cowboy hats on the floor.
  • Men prepare food in a protest camp called "Romneyville" outside the convention center.
  • Delegates on the floor watch speakers during the second session. (J. Featherly/VOA)
  • Delegate Sol Grosskopf from Shawano, Wisconisin wears cheesehead hat on the convention floor.
  • Convention goers pause in the prayer room.
  • A sudden, heavy rainstorm surprises protesters outside near the convention center.
  • A worker walks down the aisle to collect trash on the floor at the convention.
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by: Nwvotes from: US
August 28, 2012 11:10 PM
Who had the better speech at the Republican National Convention? Ann Romney or Chris Christie Vote at

by: K Vikiye Assumi from: Delhi ,India
August 28, 2012 2:50 PM
I think time has come for the Americans to choose a new leader,who will lead Americans to new era of love,peace ,equality and prosperity though action not by words as what President Obama is doing now and then.MITT ROMNEY IS THE ANSWER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.To me He is a Family man,man of honor and faith, and Man of particle for all problems solution.


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