The speech, the experts and pundits proclaimed, needed to humanize Mitt Romney. But it also served as a vehicle to humanize her, a woman of great attractiveness and expensive polish touched by cancer, multiple sclerosis and the trials of raising five sometimes screaming children.
Republicans set the tone for their convention with lots of talk about why their ideas are better for the nation than those of President Obama and the Democrats. But they also showed a lot of love for some stars, including Ann Romney and several governors.
At the federal trial over South Carolina's new voter ID law, the state's election director said the law wouldn't disenfranchise anyone. She said a clause in the law could let any would-be voter without an ID cast a provisional ballot, which led to lots of give-and-take with surprised judges.
Modern party conventions are a time of unity, but as is often the case, there are divisions under the surface. Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper explains the tensions underlying some rule changes at the RNC.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will introduce Mitt Romney on the final night of the Republican National Convention. He may have provided a preview of his speech on Tuesday, explaining how he expects national perceptions of Romney to change this week.
Robert Siegel is in Tampa for the Republican National Convention. On Monday he visited the delegation of a key battleground state, Ohio. It's a very close race there between President Obama and Mitt Romney, but Ohio Republicans feel they have the right team and message to win.
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