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2012 Republican National Convention: Chris Christie, Ann Romney, and Paul Ryan Shine

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The threat of Hurricane Issac put a damper over the Republican National Convention on Monday, causing it to be canceled for the first day.

Once the Hurricane took a westward path towards New Orleans, things got underway without a hitch on Tuesday.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie brought his trademark honesty and boldness to the stage when he gave the keynote address on Tuesday evening and wrapped up the speech by stating, "I know we can be the men and women our country calls on us to be tonight. I believe in America and her history, and there's only one thing missing now. Leadership. It takes leadership that you don't get from reading a poll. You see, Mr. President, real leaders do not follow polls. Real leaders change polls."

Ann Romney took the stage later Tuesday evening and spoke candidly about her family, particularly her father as she grew up. She wanted to illustrate a family narrative and how it relates to the American people. The speech received a wild ovation and got rave reviews.

Paul Ryan RNC

Last night, Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan took the stage and brought the house down. Paul Ryan went right after President Obama in the speech and left no stone unturned in his criticism of what he feels is Obama's failed attempts at reviving the economy.

"Right now, 23 million men and women are struggling to find work. Twenty-three million people, unemployed or underemployed. Nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty. Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can’t find the work they studied for, or any work at all", said Ryan.

Ryan's speech lasted 36 minutes and ended with a rousing, series of remarks about hope and a promise to turn the nation's economy around --- built on a series of "We wills, we will nots, and we cans."

We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead.

We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility.

We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles.

The work ahead will be hard. These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this. Together, we can do this.

We can get this country working again.

We can get this economy growing again.

We can make the safety net safe again.

We can do this.

Whatever your political party, let’s come together for the sake of our country. Join Mitt Romney and me.

Let’s give this effort everything we have.

Let’s see this through all the way. Let’s get this done. Thank you, and God bless.

Much like President Obama did four years ago, Paul Ryan is talking about reaching across the aisle and engaging the other side.

At this point with so many independent voters undecided about who to vote for - Ryan is looking to swing these voters in he and Mitt Romney's favor with a message of hope and promise.

Tonight Mitt Romney's speech will highlight his own story and his frustrations with President Obama.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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