Presidential candidate Mitt Romney accepted his party's nomination in standout style: instead of entering the Tampa Bay Times Forum from backstage, he entered from the floor, shaking hands with an enthralled crowd of delegates. His acceptance speech played well to an enthusiastic crowd. We reported he would give the address from a reconfigured stage that would allow him to be closer to the crowd. He hit the issue most important to voters during this election cycle--jobs-- by unveiling a 5 step plan he says will create 12 million new jobs.
It was supposed to be a night to celebrate the candidate and most people did but many others continue to talk about the mystery speaker, director/actor Clint Eastwood. Eastwood addressed the delegates and an empty chair, posing questions to President Barack Obama. It may play well with folks in so-called red states, Eastwood fans, but in my opinion, it was odd and a distraction.
Republicans will rely on the post convention bounce but it could be a challenge as the Democratic National Convention kicks off after Labor Day weekend. We're going to Charlotte in our continuing coverage of Campaign 2012, Race for the White House.