Chat: Watch Romney Accept Nomination at Republican National Convention

Former presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are the other big-name speakers Thursday night from Tampa.


The shortened Republican National Convention comes to a close tonight with Mitt Romney accepting the nomination for president.

Other big-name speakers include former candidate Newt Gingrich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

We will be live-streaming the event here starting shortly after 7. Please chat with us about what you're hearing.

Here is tonight's schedule, according to the Washington Post:

From 7 to 8 p.m.

Call to order

Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team

Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka

National Anthem sung by SEVEN

Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins

Remarks by Republican Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla.

Reagan Legacy Video

Remarks by former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and wife Callista Gingrich

Remarks by Craig Romney

From 8 to 9 p.m.

Remarks by former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla.

Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign

Remarks by Grant Bennett

Remarks by Tom Stemberg

From 9 to 10 p.m.

Remarks by former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, R-Mass.

Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts secretary of workforce

Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode

From 10 to 11 p.m.

Remarks by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney

Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, declares convention end

Justin Ove (Editor) August 31, 2012 at 03:37 AM
That was less Dirty Harry and more Heartbreak Ridge. Yeesh.
Jon August 31, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Clint Eastwood's speech was the most entertaining thing to happen at a national party convention in the last 30 years.
Larry Reid August 31, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I agree Justin. That wasn't very good. What is he now? 102?
Susan August 31, 2012 at 01:36 PM
As much as I love Clint Eastwood movie's it's surprising that he is supporting a guy who wants to cut funding for The National Endowment for the Arts, PBS, NPR. How great would his movies have been WITHOUT MUSIC! These programs require so little of the US budget to keep us out of the dark ages. Interesting night.
Annie August 31, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I do belive John Mcain spoke about the military! Mr. Romney had another mission this week, to make sure the people know who he is. They try to paint him as a rich snobb who is out of touch, he had to put that to rest. If he would have said too much about the military the would paint him a war mongerer (sp?) He did speek to veterans earlier this week.
John August 31, 2012 at 08:55 PM
When will people wake up and see that the Republican Party has become so ideological and hateful that its putting average Americans at great risk. You can either stay ignorant or you can stand your ground and tell them to go to he11.. If you're someone who still votes based on Republican or Democrat your way behind the times, please learn how to vote
Daniel S. Mahan August 31, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Are you going to Charlotte to see Obama? You have such class. All of you haters are going to Charlotte.
Daniel S. Mahan August 31, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Oh no, if we lose National Endowment for the Arts we will lose the Arts! NOT. I don't think so. It is crazy to borrow money from China and then give it to the NEA. You must wake up and look at what is going on - please! Vote Republican and pray we don't lose this country.
Daniel S. Mahan August 31, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I'm Republican and I don't hate anybody. Your post however, is mean spirited and bigoted in that you are making general statements about a group of people that you hate and do not understand. Look up the dictionary definition of a bigot and you will see what I mean.
Angie September 01, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Well actually Mitt did mention that he would start a new cold war with Russia and saber rattled with Iran.
Angie September 01, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Couldn't agree more John, I'm an Independent and I just can't believe how many people vote with "their" side vs. finding out what the truth is and what they really stand for.
Webb Roberts September 01, 2012 at 07:25 PM
If it's ideological to favor constitutional rule of law, limited government, and living within our means, then I suppose I'm a idealogue. Where's the ignorance in any of that? I thought that many of the speakers at their Tampa convention were inspiring, especially Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Martinez of NM. Those leaders give me hope for our nation.
TaterSalad September 02, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Why are females and hispanics going over to the conservative ideology? Simple, they are tired of living off of the government and entitlement checks and skimping all the time and then vote for a democrat to start the process all over again. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/08/31/Chuck-Todd-Why-Do-Republicans-Have-More-Women-and-Hispanic-Governors
Joseph Robert September 03, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Based on their Convention speeches, Romney-Ryan should change their campaign slogan from “We believe in America.” to….“We believe in LYING to America.” Romney’s Lies: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/fact-checking-mitt-romneys-acceptance-speech-at-the-gop-convention/2012/08/31/70c3d8de-f31f-11e1-adc6-87dfa8eff430_blog.html http://news.yahoo.com/fact-check-romneys-deficit-vow-lacks-specifics-004029587--politics.html http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-08-31/mitt-romney-fact-check-republican-convention/57467252/1 http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/aug/30/convention-tampa-story-mitt-romney/ http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120831/OPINION01/308310017/-1/SPORTS13/Another-View-We-re-seeing-campaign-able-just-ignore-facts Ryan’s Lies: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/paul-ryan-fails----the-truth/2012/08/29/bbfe1eac-f254-11e1-b74c-84ed55e0300b_blog.html?tid=pm_pop http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CVN_GOP_CONVENTION_FACT_CHECK?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-08-30-07-31-10 http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/robert-schlesinger/2012/08/29/paul-ryan-repeats-auto-bailout-medicare-lies http://www.thenation.com/blog/169648/they-love-lies-paul-ryan-tells http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/08/30/paul-ryans-speech-in-three-words/ Romney-Ryan CANNOT be trusted to lead America!
steve September 14, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I want oboma gone but im just not trusting romney either. Guess i will set thie election out.
Frank Jones September 17, 2012 at 09:05 PM
It's great to hear that Sen. Rubio and Gov. Martinez give you hope for our nation. Too bad you can't and didn't say the same about former Gov. Romney.
Frank Jones September 17, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Steve, if you're undecided and don't know for whom to vote, I regret to say you should sit the election out. For me, I believe the election rests with many issues: - Obama inherited a severe mess and with little support by the Republicans stopped the bleeding of jobs. - the US is better today with General Motors and Chrysler than had these companies folded. - the stock market has almost doubled, hear me, DOUBLED since Obama took office. US companies are sitting on tons of cash and are hiring, although too slowly. - the Supreme Court has tilted too far to the right (Citizen's United and others) and 4 more years of Republican opportunity to pack the court is scary. - Women's rights are being curtailed. Access to abortions is being legislated out and there is a hugh push to abolish abortions for all reasons. I personally would not wish a loved one to have one, but that is not my call...It's a personal choice. - The tax burden, the effective tax rate of the ultra wealthy is at the lowest level in over 50 years, including the Reagan years when he cut tax rates. Romney wants to cut their rates/burden even more and thus shift the burden onto the rest of us. Eventhough I don't love everything Obama has said and done, for me its simple...Four more years.
Christopher Hoalt September 18, 2012 at 05:04 PM
40 some months of unemployment over 8% Gasoline prices have DOUBLED National deficit has risen by 75% Obamacare...... Its simple for me, Out with Obama
Frank Jones September 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Steve...Another thing to consider for the election is US foreign affairs and policy. If you recall, Romney has several "Uh Oh" moments on his foreign travel this summer. Today, Romney has another "Uh Oh" moment with the release of his private dinner conversation regarding the middle east. Last week, he had an "Uh Oh" moment when he quickly slammed the President for the Cairo and Libya riots before getting the facts. As the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth and the country that promotes freedom and justice, the President (whether Romney or Obama) must be someone who chooses his words carefully after obtaining the facts and contemplating the impact of those words. Romney does not appear to such an individual and renowned conservative leaders are denouncing him including William Kristol who called Romney "stupid and arrogant" and David Brooks who said "He's running a depressingly inept presidential campaign." http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/18/us-usa-campaign-idUSBRE88G19620120918 On the domestic front, Romney's 47% video comments reflects just how out of touch he is. In the video, he's referring to the 47% of people who pay no federal income taxes and he claims that they are loyal Democrats who expect handouts from the government. Well get this...Many of those 47% (probably half) are Republicans. He's essentially calling members of his own party "lazy bums".
Jeffrey Landers September 19, 2012 at 03:21 PM
If true Republicans taut the free market as the end all (Just words as you LOVE subsidies, oil, farm,etc.), you should know the president has absolutely nothing to do with gas prices rising. It's purely market forces... Furthermore, the CBO has determined that Obamacare will save Americans billions of dollars in healthcare costs. I also didn't hear the level of bitching from the right wing when George Bush QUADRUPLED the debt that Clinton left him. Do you want to speak to that? I thought not. And finally, after 28 straight months of private sector job growth (That IS what we want, right?) and 4.4 million jobs created in the private sector (More than 8 years under George Bush), you have the nerve to complain it isn't happening fast enough? Really? Your party has thrown EVERY roadblock in the way of our President and his efforts to restore the economy after the Bush economic meltdown. Your solution to your perceived problems? Mitt Romney? You have to be joking? Get out of our way... We will be electing President Obama to a second term. Have a nice day!
Gloria September 19, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Wow, I'm impressed with the relatively civil conversation you guys have on your Patch site. Here in Maryland, folks are generally pretty vicious with their disagreements in political discussions. Btw, I ended up here because I'm planning a move to GA next summer.
Bill A September 28, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I'm voting for Pres. Obama but believe that the Republican party is it's own worst enemy. No doubt the party has some impressive individuals that would be appealing to most Americans that fall in the "middle" but their names are not Romney, Ryan, Bachman and Palin.
NJ4America September 28, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Good for you Bill A. Vote for who ever you like. Romney wins Georgia regardless who YOU vote for.
David Brown September 28, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Bill A., I agree with you about voting for President Obama and your thoughts on the Republican Party. You're a good man.:)
Watts September 28, 2012 at 11:37 PM
The biggest problem for Republicans is that Romney (the old MA governor version) is long gone and the addition of Ryan has completely pulled the ticket to appeal only to the most extreme right voter. They have lost the vast centrist conservative and they practically offend independent minded voters. You will have pundits saying that Romney should double down and become more like Ryan, but it almost seems like he is having a personal war within the party as to how far right he is willing to go. I think that he has stretched himself about as far as he is personally willing to go to be an "extreme conservative." The division within the party and even within the ticket is becoming embarrassing and is [probably best summed up in this clip where Mitt had to correct the crowd's persistant chant for Ryan, instead of "Romney/Ryan." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0dcXwCpBOM This is in Ohio. Is it any wonder why they are getting trounced?
Frank Jones September 29, 2012 at 03:36 AM
NJ4America...As many people claim, Georgia's educational system is failing as evidenced by low SAT scores and high drop-out rates of high school students. Maybe Romney will win in Georgia because, people in this state are simply...Dumb!
Bill A September 29, 2012 at 05:11 AM
@ NJ4America...true enough but I get a consolation prize: Obama will win my home state of New Jersey... but since when did GA win the presidency for ANY candidate?
Webb Roberts September 29, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Rewarding an administration with these failed foreign, economic, and domestic policies is insane. I can't wait to hear the President's economic plan to turn things around. With the pathetic economy he will inherit if he prevails I suppose we will have to listen to him continue try to shift the blame to Bush 43 for another four years. I doubt that Romney (or any other real President) will ever blame his predecessor for his subsequent failures. I've never that before from ANY President. That's my recollection. Feel free to set me straight if I've missed one. And be nice.
Webb Roberts October 02, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Thank you for the talking points Zac. My point is that no "real" President blames his precdecessor for the conditions under his administration; particularly not 3.5 years into his presidency. I was not defending the Bush economy I was criticizing the current President. Did you come up with any previous President who blamed their predecessor? Let's agreee that I will not vote for W again or President Obama since both were failures when it came to the economy. Deal?
Webb Roberts October 02, 2012 at 03:19 PM
How about a new thread here? Perhaps about the debates.


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