USA TODAY live blogged Mitt Romney's speech at the Republican Nataional Convention in Tampa. Here are highlights.
11:26 p.m. ET - 11:30 p.m. ET: The final prayer is now being given Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. And House Speaker John Boehner, the presiding officer, adjourns the GOP convention.
11:15 p.m. ET: The entire Romney and Ryan families are on the stage. It looks like Ryan is making sure his kids don't go over the edge. One of the kids is excited because he's caught a red balloon.
11:14 p.m. ET: And here's the GOP ticket of Romney and Ryan on the stage. And the red, white and blue balloons -- plus confetti -- drop from the ceiling. The men are joined by their wives and the four of them wave to the crowd.
11:13 p.m. ET: Romney concludes with these remarks: "If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that fututre together tonight."
11:12 p.m. ET: Romney is now outlining his vision for America, as he starts to close his speech.
"That united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution, he says. "That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need."
11:09 p.m. ET: "We're still talking and Iran's centrifuges are still spinning," Romney says. He talks about Obama's dealings with Israel and with Russia. Romney also mocks a comment made by Obama to Russia's Vladimir Putin that was caught on an open mike:
"Our friends will see more loyalty and Mr. Putin will see less flexibility and more backbone," Romney says.
11:08 p.m. ET: The chants of USA! USA! are getting louder. It's after 11 p.m. ET -- Are the TV networks still broadcasting live?
11:07 p.m. ET: "President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans," Romney says, and there's laughter in the room. "And to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family."
11:06 p.m. ET: "Unlike President Obama I will not raise taxes on the middle class," he says, then vows he'll "protect the sanctity of life" and "protect the institution of marriage."
11:05 p.m. ET: Romney is going through his five-point plan to help the middle class. "We must rein in the skyrocketing cost of health care by repealing and replacing Obamacare," he says. The crowd is waving signs and chanting "Go, Mitt, Go."
11:03 p.m. ET: Romney explains why he is running and touts his plan to create 12 million new jobs.
"I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one."
11:02 p.m. ET: Sorry, we're back after a technical glitch.
10:57 p.m.ET: Romney laments that Obama attacks success. "In America we celebrate success, we don't apologize for success," he says. The crowd gives him a rousing standing ovation.
10:55 p.m. ET: Romney is now talking about his days starting Bain Capital. "I thought abut asking my church's pension fund to invest but I didn't. I thought it would be bad if I lost my investors' money I didn't want to go to hell, too," he says.
10:54 p.m. ET: Romney gigs Obama: "You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him."
10:52 p.m. ET: "Strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities," Romney says.
10:51 p.m. ET: Applause for Romney's line about his wife, Ann, and how he knew her job as a stay-at-home mom "was more important than mine."
10:50 p.m. ET: About those protests inside the hall, from USA TODAY's Rick Hampson: "Three demonstrators, two women and one man, who changed 'Democracy is not a business' during the speech were wrestled out of the hall by security. The man struggled with security guards in the hallway outside the convention hall, and was placed up against a wall and frisked. After being told he'd assaulted the guard who was restraining him, he said, 'I didn't assault anyone!'
10:49 p.m. ET: Romney is praising women leaders such as Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and former secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
10:46 p.m. ET: Romney reflects on his father, George, who was governor of Michigan and the head of the American Motors Co. "My parents gave the gift of unconditional love," he says, explaining how he tries to pass down the same to his children and grandchildren.
10:45 p.m. ET: "The soles of Neil Armstrong on the moon made an impression on all our souls," Romney says, reflecting on the American astronaut who died this weekend. "God bless Neil Armstrong. Tonight that American flag is still on the moon and I don't doubt that ... the spirit is still with us. When you need big stuff done, you need an American."
10:43 p.m. ET: Back to Romney speech. "I wish President Obama succeeded because I want America to succeed," Romney says.
10:42 p.m. ET: There might be some protests going on inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, but the Romney supporters are shouting them down. Twitter is saying these are Code Pink protesters.
10:41 p.m. ET: Chants of USA! to drown out a protest from a woman who screamed out during Romney's remarks. The woman is seated right near the press stands and she's escorted out of the hall.
10:39 p.m. ET: Romney talks about how people came to America for freedom, including the freedom "to build a business with their own hands."
10:38 p.m. ET: Romney quips that Ryan is "not embarrassed to show the world how much he loves his mom." And he gets in a dig on one of Ryan's applause lines from Wednesday night: "But Paul, I still like the playlist on my iPod better than yours."
10:38 p.m. ET: Romney says he's chosen "my friend and America's next vice president" Paul Ryan to stand beside him.
10:35 p.m. ET: Romney is waving and you can see him saying "thank you."
"Mr. Chairman and delegates," Romney says. "I accept your nomination for president of the United States."
10:34 p.m. ET: Romney is walking in to the strains of Kid Rock and Born Free, his campaign theme song. Kid Rock is from Michigan, just like Romney. The crowd is clapping and there are huge cheers as Romney takes the stage.
By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
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