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Convention notebook: Sun shines on delegates

Posted: August 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

This is a second of a series of reports from the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., where Santa Clarita resident Lynn Haueter is a delegate. Her husband, Bob, is an alternate.


The sun finally came out in Tampa on Wednesday and Republicans at the National Convention had an opportunity to mingle beachside with delegates from across the country.

Speaking to The Signal before Wednesday evening’s ceremony began, Lynn Haueter said she had the chance to meet delegates at a beachside barbecue Wednesday afternoon.

“It was more kind of a laid-back day where we could spend time with each other,” she said.

Haueter said the topics of conversation never strayed too far from the issues.

“We’re all junkies,” she said with a laugh. “It’s the same things you hear from Republicans: Our deep concern over what’s happening to our country.”

Delegates were sharing their personal stories about family and friends who were having trouble finding jobs.

“That’s the real concern with everybody — our economy,” she said. “All this other stuff doesn’t matter if we don’t deal with our fiscal crisis.”

The highlight of the convention so far for Haueter was the remarks from Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Ann Romney was one of the last speakers Tuesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

“She was just phenomenal. She had people crying. Several women in our delegation were crying. She was very moving,” Haueter said. “She expressed just how much she loves America and how much Mitt loves America and how concerned they are for their children and grandchildren and the direction of the country and just how critical this election is.”

Despite a lineup of speakers such as Ann Romney, House Speaker John Boehner and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Tuesday evening was dominated by the nomination roll call, where 2,061 delegates made Romney the official presidential candidate for the party. For Haueter, a first-time delegate, the roll call “was really special for me, personally. I’ve always wanted to do it.”

The convention winds down Thursday with remarks from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. A speech from Mitt Romney will conclude the convention.

 

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