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August 29th, 2012
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What did we learn from the first full day of the Republican National Convention

On the second full day of the Republican National Convention, the political blogsphere is abuzz about the speeches made by Mitt Romney's wife Ann and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Liptak are OutFront with five things we learned from the convention's first night.

Five things we learned at the Republican National Convention

The first full day of the Republican National Convention was heavy with female speakers and light on the red meat that normally fires up the base. Here are five things we learned from the convention's first night:

Ann Romney's speech lives up to expectations

Ann Romney spelled it out right near the top of her speech: "I want to talk to you tonight not about politics and not about party."

Instead, her mission was to present to voters a softer and warmer side of her husband, something that polls show isn't apparent to many Americans.

I want to talk to you about the deep and abiding love I have for a man I met at a dance many years ago. And the profound love I have, and I know we share, for this country," Romney said, adding "I know this good and decent man for what he is, warm and loving and patient."

The Romney campaign sees the candidate's wife as one of his most effective surrogates and expectations were high. She lived up to them.

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