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GOP convention: Wrapping up Tuesday's speeches

“Mitt Romney strode into the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the start of the Republican convention on Tuesday night as perhaps the least-known presidential nominee in recent history. Everything from his religion—barely spoken about on the campaign trail—to his business career—the subject of intense disagreements—translated as opaque. His looks and bearing registered as presidential, but there was precious little to fill out the suit,” the Boston Globe’s Canellos writes. “But by the time Romney took the stage for the first time, later in the evening, his profile had begun to come into greater focus. And he had his wife of 43 years to thank for it.”

“Her mission was to soften her husband's image, but before she spoke about the ‘boy I met at a dance,’ Ann Romney made a strong pitch for the support by women that has so far eluded Mitt Romney's Republican party,” USA Today writes.

No Mr. Nice Guy… “Chris Christie tells the GOP to stop being the nice guys,” USA Today has as its headline.

The New York Daily News: “Christie took his sweet time getting around to mentioning the party’s presidential nominee, but made sure he gave his national audience a warmer, homier version than his local caricature — that of the gruff, finger-pointing blowhard who’s not afraid to shout down a heckler at the Jersey shore.”

The Washington Post's Dan Balz: "Christie had a tough assignment on Tuesday night. He was the wrap-up speaker on opening night of the Republican National Convention and had the misfortune of appearing after Ann Romney, whose testimony in behalf of her husband connected with the audience, and then the visit to the convention hall by the nominee. But it was Christie who helped inject some much-needed energy into an arena that had been surprisingly subdued through the early evening. He came on stage punching the air. He clapped as he approached the lectern, returning the welcome he received from the delegates as if to say: Wake up, Republicans. He demanded that they stand up, and they did." 


“A convention shortened by a day due to Hurricane Isaac’s passage through the nearby Gulf of Mexico created a compressed speaking schedule and a slightly incoherent juxtaposition,” theGlobe’s Johnson writes. “It pitted a passionate wife speaking of the boy she met at a high school dance against a brash, street-fighting politician urging the country to follow his lead in solving its problems.”

Split papers: 

The New Orleans Times-Picayune: “Isaac moves in.”
The convention isn’t even on the front page of the Tampa Bay Times regular edition: “Isaac’s déjà vu.”
Bradenton Herald: On the left: “This man will not fail,” on the right: “Isaac hits land on coast of La.”
Miami Herald: “Romney sweeps to GOP nomination.”

The Wall Street Journal makes this point about Santorum’s speech: “Mr. Santorum, who consistently outpaced Mr. Romney among social-issues conservatives, reminded the party faithful – and television viewers at home – that the GOP also observes strict limits on abortion, fighting for the rights of the ‘born and unborn.’ The former Pennsylvania senator also stressed the importance of traditional marriage and the family. While those themes are enshrined in the party platform, Mr. Santorum is one of the few speakers to highlight those positions in his remarks Tuesday night.” 

The New York Times covers the party’s platforms that was adopted. “One party platform stated that Hispanics and others should not ‘be barred from education or employment opportunities because English is not their first language.’ It highlighted the need for ‘dependable and affordable’ mass transit in cities, noting that ‘mass transportation offers the prospect for significant energy conservation.’ And it prefaced its plank on abortion by saying that ‘we recognize differing views on this question among Americans in general — and in our own party.’ The other party platform said that “we support English as the nation’s official language.” It chided the Democratic administration for “replacing civil engineering with social engineering as it pursues an exclusively urban vision of dense housing and government transit.” And its abortion plank recognized no dissent, taking the position that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”

“An attendee at the Republican National Convention was given the boot Tuesday for racially taunting a black CNN camerawoman, an incident the news network confirmed after it was reported on Twitter,” the New York Daily News writes.