The first full day at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. had multiple headliners, thanks to a condensed schedule caused by Hurricane Isaac. While Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is the star of the first night of the convention, the delegates tended to a number of the official proceedings during the day.
Some of the procedural items included:
- Officially nominating Mitt Romney; New Jersey’s delegates put him over the edge.
- Party leaders opted not to seat Ron Paul delegates; the image of them being "steamrolled," may rub some the wrong way, NPR’s Mark Memmott notes.
- The GOP approved some rule changes, including allowing changes to the RNC procedures to be made between conventions, and giving the party power to remove delegates — the last of which was vehemently opposed by one of the Virginia delegates, Morton Blackwell, The Hill’s Alex Bolton reports.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had his moment Tuesday:
- McDonnell’s speech at the convention addressed small business and the economy, following the night’s "we built it" theme by noting that business owners "built America." Much of it would have been familiar to Virginians who have listened to McDonnell’s speeches before, NBC Washington notes.
- The governor also appeared on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show yesterday, urging Congress to reach a budget deal that would prevent significant job losses in Virginia. He also minimized a State Integrity Investigation report that gave the commonwealth an F; Virginia does “a pretty good job” on transparency, McDonnell said.
- McDonnell’s name also came up as a potential U.S. Attorney General for a Romney administration during an appearance by WAMU’s Michael Pope on a convention night call-in show with WNYC's Brian Lehrer.
- Virginia Republicans at the convention were also getting excited about Artur Davis who many think could have the best chance of beating Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) in 2014.
- And one of the convention’s youngest delegates, 21-year-old Alexander Reber of Virginia, told NPR that McDonnell is the main reason he became a committed Republican at such a young age.
Local ties not withstanding, there was plenty of chatter about the other speakers on day one:
Elsewhere around the convention: