TAMPA, Fla. - After concerns about Tropical Storm Isaac brought RNC plans to a grinding halt Monday, day one of the convention is expected to be in full swing Tuesday.
Mitt Romney will to be in Tampa today, which is two days earlier than expected.
One of the reasons he is in town ahead of schedule is his wife, Ann Romney, who is scheduled to address the delegates at the convention come 10:00 p.m.
Ann is considered one of Mitt’s strongest assets in terms of improving the candidate’s relatability.
Her speech could be a pivotal moment for his perception in the eyes of voters, according a News Tribune report.( http://bit.ly/NYXse4 )
Her presence was considered imperative by the RNC, considering the campaign shifted around the calendar to ensure her speech would be televised on the networks, the report states.
The event will open 2:00 p.m. this afternoon with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn welcoming the delegates to the city.
A couple hours later, the delegates will make an official presidential nomination for Romney and his vice president candidate, Paul Ryan, during the role call.
Later tonight, seven different republican governors will address the delegates. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be the headliner, speaking right after Ann.
Campaign officials are looking to both Ann and Chris’ speeches to unite delegates and refocus the event away from Tropical Storm Isaac, the Boston Herald reports.
After tonight, Mitt is scheduled to make a speech in Indianapolis Wednesday.
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