After a hurricane threat and a 24 hour delayed start that is compressing four days worth of scheduled activities into three, the Republican National Convention has gotten off to a rough start. However, the Tampa event is quickly rebounding and tonight, with 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates packing the house, Mitt Romney will be nominated for the next president of the United States.
In addition to nominating Romney as the official party pick, the delegates will also adopt the 2012 party platform Tuesday night.
From Tuesday to Thursday, the convocation will be filled with speakers, films, entertainment, and other programs that will serve to outline Romney’s vision for the country. High profile leaders, including former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Representative Ron Paul, U.S. Senator John McCain, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will be delivering remarks throughout the convention. Plus, speeches from Ann Romney, vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan, and finally Romney himself will occur consecutively Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights during prime time.
For a full schedule and for more information on the convention, visit the RNC website. You can follow the convention live on its dedicated YouTube page, or you can tune in to the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) 10/9c for exclusive coverage.
The Republican and Democratic Conventions mark the end of the primary election season and the official start of the general election. Next week Democrats will convene in Charlotte to nominate President Obama. Check back to CivicSource later this week for more information.