Asked how her speech was coming along, Ann Romney said to pool reporters on her flight to Tampa: "The speech is being reduced to a tweet. I’m joking. No, we’re having a great time. I’m excited about it."
As for the teleprompter practice? "Interesting, I've never spoken with a teleprompter either. I don't like it," she said. Ann Romney giver her speech tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
by CNN's Ashley Killough8/28/2012 3:24:46 PM
WE BUILT IT up on the big screens at #GOP2012 instagr.am
More from CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash’s interview with House Speaker John Boehner at the convention in Tampa:
Boehner (talking about Romney): "He is a very shy guy. He is a humble guy. He doesn't like to talk about himself. It’s, that's who he is. But I've known Mitt Romney for a long time. Decent, honest, hard-working guy. And I think Thursday he’ll have a chance to reintroduce himself to the American people. He never really had that chance. He's been locked in this Republican primary and then locked into this battle with the president. And as a result, people have all different kind of views of him. So I think Thursday night is clearly an important speech for him and I think he'll have a chance to reintroduce himself to the American people, most of whom are just paying attention now."
by CNN's Ashley Killough8/28/2012 3:39:15 PM
With eye on weather, GOP convention to formally nominate Romney
By: CNN’s Tom Cohen
Tampa, Florida (CNN) -- A quest started five years ago reaches a major milestone Tuesday when Mitt Romney is formally nominated as the Republican presidential candidate to face President Barack Obama in November.
Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is now standing at the podium in the arena. Romney's campaign tapped the senator to play the role of Obama in Romney's debate prep. Portman is scheduled to speak Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
by CNN's Ashley Killough8/28/2012 4:39:22 PM
about to kick things off with @sissenberg, @timodc and @jfkucinich on CNN.com it's a website on the internet.
Rep Michele Bachmann, at the for Life and Family Research Council's "Treasure Life" event, as Hurricane Isaac bypassed the RNC host city: "We actually averted two hurricanes because Joe Biden said he was planning to go to Tampa."
by Gregory Wallace, CNN8/28/2012 5:00:19 PM
Sen. John Thune of South Dakota is standing at the podium. Like Sen. Portman of Ohio, he's also scheduled to speak Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
by CNN's Ashley Killough8/28/2012 5:02:58 PM
As Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert steps to the stage at the FRC "Treasure Life" event in Tampa, Texas Gov. Rick Perry enters the room. Gohmert, Perry, Bachmann, and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum are at this event to receive awards "for their consistent advocacy for every stage of life, from conception to natural death." This event is being held at the Tampa Aquarium, about a mile from the convention hall.
by Gregory Wallace, CNN8/28/2012 5:06:09 PM
“@PaulHSullivan: @Soledad_OBrien from what you can see are you confident in the structure?”// it's massive. Looks incredible. 2 miles long.
On Air Force One, Obama campaign traveling press secretary Jen Psaki said there is “ample precedent” for a presidential candidate to be campaigning during the week of the opponent’s party convention. Team Obama has taken heat this week for breaking what was once thought a given during convention weeks.
by CNN's Ashley Killough8/28/2012 5:09:46 PM
CNN's Michael Humphrey snaps this shot of Rick Santorum and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins at the "Treasure Life" event. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is at the microphone now.
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by CNN's Ashley Killough edited by Gregory Wallace, CNN8/28/2012 5:14:13 PM
Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the FRC "Treasure Life" event: "God uses the weak, God uses the vulnerable to show his strength... There is no thing as an unwanted child... People make mistakes, but the remedy for those mistakes should never be at the expense of an innocent, unborn child." Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann, former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert are receiving awards at the event.
by Gregory Wallace, CNN8/28/2012 5:17:19 PM
Romney arrives at delayed GOP convention
By: CNN’s Tom Cohen
Tampa, Florida (CNN) -- Mitt Romney arrived Tuesday at the shortened Republican National Convention in Tampa as organizers kept a nervous eye on Hurricane Isaac churning toward Louisiana's coast.
As Hurricane Isaac approaches landfall, likely in Louisiana, Mitt Romney on Tuesday spoke with Gov. Bobby Jindal, and his campaign is preparing to post a relief donation option on its webpage, a Romney campaign official told CNN's Steve Brusk: http://on.cnn.com/SNcadA
by Gregory Wallace, CNN8/28/2012 5:29:23 PM
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