Jessica: Here in Tampa, and around the country, voters got the chance to hear from the man himself last night, Mitt Romney. Republicans want the former Massachusetts governor to be the next President of the United States, and last night he officially accepted the nomination.
“Mr. Chairman, and delegates, I accept your nomination as President of the United States!”
Jessica: The Republican nominee for president made his mission clear: He’ll be spending the next 66 days leading up to the election trying to convince Americans that he’s the right candidate to turn around the economy.
“If I am elected president of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends on it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it.”
Jessica: The night ended with a tradition, the release of 120,000 red, white and blue balloons, all inflated by students from nearby Gaither High School.
GOP delegates say hearing from Mitt Romney, and his running mate Paul Ryan, has been inspirational.
“After hearing Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney speak, it’s, I just wannago back home and help them win the White House as much as possible.”
“I think it’s gonna be a big boost for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. I think it’s going take us to the General Election. I think we’re gonna win and I think we’re gonna see a President Romney come January.”
Jessica: It was a big week for Republicans trying to get their message out.
Something the Republicans did differently at this convention is that they unveiled a debt clock which shows how much debt the U.S. accumulated in the past few days. Republicans aren’t happy with government spending, but they did do a little spending of their own.
This is some of the official gear of the Romney-Ryan campaign. You’ve got hats, t-shirts, even water bottles and all of this stuff is made in the U.S.A.
The celebrations included lots of dancing. Protestors also took advantage of the spotlight on Tampa. Young people made their mark here as well. The youngest reporter interviewed the youngest delegate:
“Trying to convince kids politics not necessarily boring — that it involves them even if it doesn’t seem like it and that kids are the future of America.”
Jessica: A future the Republicans hope will put them in charge of the White House.