TAMPA, Fla. (8/31/12)--With 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories, gathered to participate in the Republican National Convention (RNC) here this week, it became official last night: Mitt Romney, in a televised speech, accepted his party's nomination to be Republican candidate for the presidential race to be voted in November.
Activities on the convention floor last night, held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and leading up to the culminating Romney acceptance speech, included a call to order by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and convention addresses by Republican figures such as Rep. Connie Mack of Florida, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
The program also prominently featured a video on the legacy of former President Ronald Reagan.
The RNC Thursday also unveiled three "These Hands" videos profiling small business owners in Colorado, Nevada and Ohio.
And to wrap up the night's event, musician and former American Idol star Taylor Hicks performed at the forum. Hicks performed earlier this year at the kickoff concert for the Credit Union National Association's CUNA's 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.