Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney addresses delegates before speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.
Mitt Romney has had trouble connecting with average voters. So this week his campaign attempted to use the party's convention to portray him in a warmer light, and it worked, according to Virginia Republicans. Rep. Randy Forbes says the country finally got to see the man he knows.
"He is a good man," says Forbes. "He's got a lot of character, a lot of integrity. Had tremendous success in his life. I think the American people are going to start seeing that, and I think it's going to resonate well."
Forbes says Romney has come across as distant because his record has been distorted.
"The American people really at this point and time have not had an opportunity to see the true Mitt Romney," says Forbes. "They have seen this president's campaign spend more money up to this date than almost any almost any other political campaign in history. None of it on the issues, all of it just attacking Mitt Romney."
Now the convention is over, and Virginia delegates want to turn the message into action.
"We're doing door knocking, phone calls, certainly letter writing," says Northern Virginia Del. Geraldine Davie. "Everything we can to get out the vote. There can be no closet Republicans in this race. Every vote, every voter has got to come out on Election Day."
Besides the Hampton Roads region, northern Virginia may be the key to a Virginia win, which is on Davie's mind.
"Epicenter of the country, because if we don't win northern Virginia, the country will not be taken, so we're working really hard up in northern Virginia for this team," says Davie.
Now Romney must take the energy from Tampa on the road to those battleground states, including Virginia.