September 2012

Republican National Convention Nominates Mitt Romney

Paul Ryan and Mitt RomneyPaul Ryan and Mitt Romney

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney (right) and Paul Ryan (left) waved to the audience on the last night of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

On August 30, the final night of the 2012 Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney officially accepted the Republican Party’s nomination to run for President of the United States. Romney is a businessman and a former governor of Massachusetts. Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan also accepted the vice-presidential nomination during the convention. Ryan currently represents Wisconsin in Congress. In the November 6 election, Romney and Ryan will be up against the Democratic Party’s ticket—President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who are running for reelection.

The Republican National Convention is a gathering of Republican Party members that takes place every four years. The purpose of a national convention is to formally choose the party’s presidential nominee and to develop the party’s platform. A platform is a written document of a party’s goals and ideas. This year’s convention began on August 28 in Tampa, Florida. During the three-day event, important members of the Republican Party gave speeches and talked about the convention theme, “A Better Future.”

On the first night of the convention, Ann Romney, wife of Mitt Romney, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered key speeches. Ann Romney talked about her life with Mitt Romney and the reasons why she believes he would make a good President. Mitt Romney made a surprise early appearance when he came out on stage to greet his wife after her speech. Governor Christie then gave the keynote address, a speech that traditionally summarizes the main message of the convention. Christie spoke about the importance of good leadership and how the Republican Party governs differently than the Democratic Party.

On the convention’s second night, vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan delivered his acceptance speech. Mitt Romney had chosen him as his running mate on August 11. Ryan spoke about how he and Mitt Romney, if elected, would work to improve America’s economy. Earlier that evening, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talked about Romney’s foreign policy ideas.

Mitt Romney concluded the three-day convention with his acceptance speech. He talked about how he would lead the nation if he were elected President. He also spoke about the values that make America a great country. He said, “The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, our faiths.” He ended his speech with a pledge that he would work hard to create a better future for the people of the United States.

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Question 1
Which state was Mitt Romney governor of?

Question 2
Who did Mitt Romney select as his running mate?

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