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We’ll be on the scene as Mitt Romney prepares to step up for his big speech to the nation.

Delegates cheer as Mitt Romney is nominated for the Office of the President of the United States at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP)
Delegates cheer as Mitt Romney is nominated for the Office of the President of the United States at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP)

And so we come to the night of nights for a Republican party hungering to kick President Barack Obama out of the White House.  And lined up behind Mitt Romney as their man to do it.  Tonight is Romney’s night.  His big speech.  He’s invested years and millions in his pursuit of the presidency.

He’s stayed on the stump long after everyone agreed he is no natural politician.  He’s rolled out his wife, his family, his running mate. Chris Christie.  The Oak Ridge Boys.  Now it’s his turn. To try to win the American people and the White House.

This hour, On Point:  in Tampa, we’re closing in on Mitt Romney.
-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Major Garrett, White House correspondent for National Journal.

Rep. Michael Burgess, represents the 26th Texas congressional district, which includes parts of Dallas and Cooke Counties.

Brian Balogh,  professor of history at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.

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New York Times "Mitt Romney will exhort Americans to abandon the path they set the country on four years ago, delivering a convention speech on Thursday night designed to highlight the disappointment in what Republicans see as President Obama’s failures and bring to life his own personal story."

Politico "The speech Romney delivers at the Republican National Convention’s final night in Tampa will be one of his last opportunities to sketch a portrait of who he is and what he stands for to a country whose battleground states have seen him relentlessly portrayed by the Obama campaign as a heartless corporate raider — a perception that has dented his approval ratings and made it difficult for the GOP to change the campaign narrative."

This program aired on August 30, 2012.

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