Nightly News | August 28, 2012
>>> back here at this gop convention in tampa, florida, we thought we'd get a sense of this convention floor, even though we're really in ernest just underway this one night. chuck todd is in the midst of the michigan delegation. you see everybody else there, chuck, beginning with michigan , i saw they had some gerald ford commemorative michigan wolverines football jerseys tonight. i thought that was a nice touch in honor of the years of service he put into the republican party in the united states .
>> he is a 230rformer all american. and it is michigan that got the coveted front row spot, where mitt romney was born. not the state he governed nor the state he spends a lot of time in now, new hampshire . right now, we're showing you the northern mariana islands . they left off the s on the poster there. the virgin islands got good access here. new hampshire good access. as you know, in conventions, republicans have been praised for having diversity on the podium, but not diversity in the audience. the audience made sure their most diverse delegation got good front row seats so when the cameras pan, you will see a more diverse audience. of course, one thing to remind you, all of these folks in guam, the u.s. virgin islands , none of their votes count in november.
>> chuck todd down there at the michigan delegation. brings us to andrea mitchell over in new hampshire . andrea?
>> reporter: well, speaking of diversity, the romney campaign knows they have a gender gap , they have a problem. they're going to try to solve that, partly by showcasing a lot of women. they have a diverse group of rising stars in the party, they have new mexico governor susannah martinez, south carolina governor , nikki haley , and tonight from new hampshire , these great college kids that are here. later tonight, kelly ayod is going to be here. they don't want to talk about todd akin , they're going to talk about economic issues, and specifically joe dailey, he has a landscaping business in new hampshire . she wanted to practice the speech for him, he said he wanted it to be a surprise. he'll hear it tonight for the first time.
>> andrea mitchell in new hampshi hampshire . john yang has made it up 95 to the great state of maine . the krcredentials committee stripped the state of ten ron paul zedelegates. ron paul will not be speaking at the convention because he didn't want to endorse him, and he didn't want his speech vetted by the romney campaign. his supporters are making themselves heard, they're angry about the fact that the rules changes that the romney camp is pushing through this convention. one oklahoma delegate told me they have just made all the activists mad. even though ron paul is not speaking here, he will be in the hall tomorrow night to hear one member of his family speak, senator rand paul will address the convention, and ron paul will be here to hear it.
>> we had some very vocal ron paul supporters at our booth today. and now to luke russert who's made his way to the great state of west virginia .
>> reporter: festive garb has been a tradition here. folks from colorado putting the west in mountain west , eastern american samoa wearing their traditional garb. and you all saw michigan , gerald ford , the iconic jersey from america's postage lettic president. and here in west virginia , a state that loves domestic energy and is very proud of their coal miners they're wearing a hard hat to honor those folks that live in that state. they are bringing a little bit of their home state to tampa.
>> give our best to west virginia . luke russert rounding out the coverage.
>>> our prime time coverage starts tonight with mrs. romney 's speech to this gathering, and the keynote by chris christie from new jersey. that's beginning tonight at 10:00 eastern, 7:00 pacific.