Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to formally accept his party's nomination Thursday at the Republican National Convention. By all accounts, speakers such as his wife Ann Romney, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and running mate Paul Ryan have met their party's expectations.
In his latest column for The Daily Beast, John Avlon notes what he calls Romney's 'missing character narrative.' Avlon says it is time for Romney to share intimate details of his life that helped shape his character so voters may get to know the 'real Romney.'
John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.
Tonight, the Republican National Convention will conclude with Mitt Romney formally accepting his party's presidential nomination.
His vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan by most accounts energized the base Wednesday with a compelling attack on President Barack Obama. Now, all eyes are on Romney to re-introduce himself to the nation and define why he should be in the White House over the next four years.
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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.
The Republican National Convention closed its first full day with speeches from Ann Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that some political analysts say met the expectations of humanizing Mitt Romney and firing the GOP base.
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Here is the current schedule released by the RNC with a list of speakers to appear tonight.
Wednesday, August 29
"We Can Change It"
Starting at 7 p.m.
- Senate Republican Leader & Convention Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell (KY)
- Sen. Rand Paul (KY)
- Christopher Devlin-Young and Jeanine McDonnell FULL POST