TAMPA -- Lights, camera, action: The Republican National Convention
officially begins today at 2 p.m. ET inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The three-day event, which wraps up Thursday when Mitt
Romney accepts his party's presidential nomination, is being streamed on www.firstcoastnews.com.
Here is our guide to the five things to watch on Tuesday, Aug. 28:
1) Ann Romney
will speak during the 10 p.m. ET hour of programming. Her remarks are
aimed at showing the delegates -- and millions of TV viewers -- a softer
side of her husband.
2) Romney will followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie,
who will deliver the keynote address. Christie, a populist favorite who
ignored pleas to run for president this year, told USA TODAY that he
plans to "tell some very direct and hard truths to people in the country
about the trouble that we're in."
3) The traditional roll call of the states
formally nominating Romney for president will be conducted in the
afternoon and end in time for the evening newscasts. No surprise here,
but it's a piece of business that's a staple of political conventions.
4) Rick Santorum
emerged as the conservative alternative to Romney during the GOP
primaries. He fell short, but the ex-Pennsylvania senator gets to tell
his story about being the son of immigrants and the fight in Congress
during the mid-1990s to overhaul welfare.
5) Four years ago, Alabama congressman Artur Davis was
in Denver nominating Barack Obama for president. Now Davis is a
Republican supporting Romney, and he's got some strong things to say
about the Democratic Party he left behind.