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The 2012 Republican National Convention

Republicans have descended on Tampa, Florida, and nominated Mitt Romney as their candidate for president.
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Mitt Romney, vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R) and Campaign Manager Matt Rhoades pose for a staff portrait on the steps of the stage at the Republican National Conventionm in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012.
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Mitt Romney, vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R) and Campaign Manager Matt Rhoades pose for a staff portrait on the steps of the stage at the Republican National Conventionm in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan wave to delegates after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012.
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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan wave to delegates after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012.

Mitt Romney hugs his grandchildren after his speech, August 30, 2012.
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Mitt Romney hugs his grandchildren after his speech, August 30, 2012.

Actor Clint Eastwood speaks to an empty chair on the final night of the convention, August 30, 2012.
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Actor Clint Eastwood speaks to an empty chair on the final night of the convention, August 30, 2012.

The Republican National Convention main stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. (B. Allen/VOA)
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The Republican National Convention main stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. (B. Allen/VOA)

The Texas delegation reacts to speeches at the convention. (J. Featherly/VOA)
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The Texas delegation reacts to speeches at the convention. (J. Featherly/VOA)

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice addresses the crowd, August 29, 2012. (J. Featherly/VOA)
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice addresses the crowd, August 29, 2012. (J. Featherly/VOA)

Ann Romney hugs her husband after she addressed delegates during the second session of the Republican National Convention, August 28, 2012.
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Ann Romney hugs her husband after she addressed delegates during the second session of the Republican National Convention, August 28, 2012.

Montana delegates on the floor of the convention. (J. Featherly/VOA)
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Montana delegates on the floor of the convention. (J. Featherly/VOA)

Dona Poelman from Racine, Wisconsin accessorizes her shirt at the RNC.
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Dona Poelman from Racine, Wisconsin accessorizes her shirt at the RNC.

Delegates cheer as an image of Mitt Romney is displayed during the opening session, August 27, 2012.
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Delegates cheer as an image of Mitt Romney is displayed during the opening session, August 27, 2012.

Texas delegate Clint Moore and the rest of Texas delegates fashion their cowboy hats on the floor.
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Texas delegate Clint Moore and the rest of Texas delegates fashion their cowboy hats on the floor.

Men prepare food in a protest camp called "Romneyville" outside the convention center.
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Men prepare food in a protest camp called "Romneyville" outside the convention center.

Delegates on the floor watch speakers during the second session. (J. Featherly/VOA)
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Delegates on the floor watch speakers during the second session. (J. Featherly/VOA)

Delegate Sol Grosskopf from Shawano, Wisconisin wears cheesehead hat on the convention floor.
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Delegate Sol Grosskopf from Shawano, Wisconisin wears cheesehead hat on the convention floor.

Convention goers pause in the prayer room.
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Convention goers pause in the prayer room.

A sudden, heavy rainstorm surprises protesters outside near the convention center.
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A sudden, heavy rainstorm surprises protesters outside near the convention center.

A worker walks down the aisle to collect trash on the floor at the convention.
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A worker walks down the aisle to collect trash on the floor at the convention.

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